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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Contact:
Donavan Willcutt, Public Works Director, (360) 867-2271 or WillcutD@co.thurston.wa.us

Littlerock Road Bridge Reopens to Passenger Vehicle Traffic
Heavy vehicles continue to use detour

OLYMPIA - Temporary repairs have allowed a damaged bridge on the Littlerock Road to reopen to limited traffic. The bridge, located south of Tumwater, was closed January 27 after inspections revealed damage to the bridge deck. A close examination by engineers showed the middle support pier for the 1950s vintage span had lost stability. (Bridge No. L4 on Littlerock Road SW, located between 110th Ave. SW and 93rd Ave. SW) Since then, Thurston County Public Works crews briefly rerouted the water flow away from the pier and added temporary fixes.

Public Works Director Donavan Willcutt says the entire bridge will be replaced with work slated to start later this year. The temporary repairs will allow for use by passenger vehicles and pickups without trailers. A 25-mile-per-hour speed limit remains in effect.

"We know this has been an inconvenience for drivers, especially for those folks who live in the area and we very much appreciate their patience. We are pleased to be able to open the bridge to passenger cars but ask that heavier vehicles like trucks and buses continue to use the detour."

The bridge and detour will be well marked. Motorists are asked to use caution when driving the in the area.

WHAT:Bridge Reopened to Passenger Vehicle Traffic Only
-Heavy vehicles like trucks and buses continue to use detour-

WHERE: Bridge No. L4 on Littlerock Road SW between 110th Ave. SW and 93rd Ave. SW

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 19



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Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3