Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Plan For Delays/Detours At Kettle Falls Bridge

This is outside of Spokane County, but has the potential to have a big impact on your summer outings so I thought it was worth reporting so you can adjust your route accordingly: work begings Monday, July 23 to repair the US 395/State Route 20 Columbia River Bridge near Kettle Falls.

The bridge deck hasn't been resurfaced since it was built in 1940. Recent emergency bridge closures and temporary repairs underscored the need to permanently repair this critical transportation link. The work involves removing 1.5 inches of the existing concrete surface, repairing the underlying concrete, then repaving the bridge with concrete.

You can expect up to 20 full overnight closures of the bridge, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., as crews pour the new concrete deck. During the full closures, drivers will be directed to a 68-mile detour via State Route 25 to Northport, then back to US 395 via the Northport/Flat Creek Road.
During the day, a temporary signal will allow vehicles to cross one direction at a time, but you can still expect up to 10-minute delays.

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