South county drivers rejoice: The new bridge over Salmon Creek on Littlerock Road Southwest is scheduled to open at 7 p.m. Friday.
That’s more than two weeks ahead of schedule, according to Thurston County officials.
“I know that having the bridge closed was a major inconvenience for residents and businesses in that area, and for those of us who regularly travel to and from south county on Littlerock Road,” County Commission chair Karen Valenzuela said in a news release. “I am so pleased we are ahead of schedule and can get the bridge open so soon.”
The $3.4 million L-4 bridge, between 110th Avenue Southwest and 93rd Avenue Southwest, replaced a structure from the 1950s that was cracked, damaged by scour and deemed unsafe last winter by county inspectors. Crews with Active Construction Inc. and Zemek Construction began working on the bridge replacement Aug. 11.
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The new bridge has a longer span and is 15 feet wider than the old structure. It’s being paid for with a combination of federal highways grant money and county road money.
Even though the new bridge will be open to all traffic, including heavy trucks, crews will continue working on the bridge until it’s completed. It should be finished by the end of the year, officials say.