Bridge Inspections

Regularly-scheduled bridge inspections will start next week on the northbound State Route 167 Puyallup River Bridge in Puyallup and the westbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma.

WSDOT bridge crews will begin their work by inspecting the northbound Puyallup River Bridge. Because of its narrow width, crews will close the bridge to all traffic from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. SR 167 traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and those two lanes of traffic will be routed over the parallel southbound bridge.

Inspection activities will continue on Sunday, July 28, when crews will again close the northbound SR 167 bridge from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., and route all SR 167 traffic onto the southbound bridge.

Bridge inspection crews will then move to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Each day from Monday, July 29, through Thursday, Aug. 1, bridge inspection crews will close one westbound SR 16 lane across the 1950 Tacoma Narrows Bridge between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Because the lane closure will occur in the non-peak travel direction, motorists should experience only minimal delays. Three westbound lanes will remain open.

WSDOT bridge inspectors inspect every state highway bridge every two years. These two inspections will involve reviewing all components of the bridges. Crews will access areas under the bridge decks using an “Under-Bridge Inspection Truck” with a specialized arm that reaches around the bridge railing and below the deck.


Beaches Open Again

The Department of Ecology BEACH program has listed the Allyn Waterfront Park and the Potlatch State Park as 'Open and Monitored'. The DOE recommendeds bathing after swimming due to harrmful bacteria may still be present. July 19, 2013

ONP Opens Obstruction Point Rd

Obstruction Point Road will be fully open to public access on Friday, July 26. Road crews are nearly finished clearing and grading the road surface between Waterhole and the road’s terminus at the Obstruction Point trailhead

On  July 19, Obstruction Point Road was opened from Hurricane Ridge to Waterhole at Milepost 3.2. Road crews continue to clear debris and grade the road surface between Waterhole and the road’s terminus at the Obstruction Point trailhead. Road material may be loose. Motorists are advised to use caution and drive slowly.

Park officials anticipate opening the remaining section of Obstruction Point Road by early August, dependent on weather conditions and road safety. To provide continued access for park staff and heavy equipment, parking is restricted to roadside pull-outs.

The timeline for opening the Obstruction Point Road this year has been dependent on natural snowmelt. The road has not been plowed due to reductions in supplies and materials funding, as well as reduced maintenance staffing as a result of the mandatory five percent budget sequester. In applying the five percent cut, park staff has given highest priority to protecting public, staff and partner safety. Park staff are also working hard to minimize impacts on park visitors and local communities.

Current road information is available by calling Olympic National Park’s information line at 360-565-3131 or online.

The Obstruction Point Road is Olympic National Park’s highest elevation road, leading from Hurricane Ridge (5,242 feet above sea level) approximately eight miles east to Obstruction Point at 6,150 feet. It is typically open mid-July through mid-October, depending on snow and weather conditions.

Submitted by ONP

Resurfacing In Olympia

The week of July 22, 2013, the City’s Contractor will be preparing the following roads for resurfacing:

Plum Street (from Union Avenue to Olympia Avenue);

Lybarger Street (from Prospect Avenue to Glass Avenue); 

Glass Avenue (from Central Street to Fir Street).

Resurfacing work will occur on July 27th, July 28th, August 3rd, and August 4th between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Traffic Impacts At least one lane of traffic will be open during construction. Traffic control and flaggers will be in place, so please use caution when traveling through the area. Travelers may experience delays, and are asked to consider using alternate routes. No “on-street” parking will be available. Vehicles parked on the shoulder during paving operations are subject to towing.

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