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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 8, 2014
Brandon Hicks, Public Works Dept. at (360) 867-2358 or HicksB@co.thurston.wa.us

L-4 Bridge Closes at 6:30 a.m. Monday
Crossing will be closed up to eight weeks starting Aug. 11

Beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Monday the barriers will go up and the Bailey bridge will come down at the L-4 Salmon Creek Bridge crossing on Littlerock Road SW. The L-4 crossing will be closed to all traffic for up to eight weeks while crews demolish the old failing bridge and install a new bridge structure.

"The clock starts bright and early Monday morning," said Public Works Construction Manager Brandon Hicks. "We developed a plan with our contractor to crank the process into high gear and keep the bridge closure period to a minimum."

Crews have been hard at work since July 14 prepping the old bridge for demolition and staging the equipment and materials needed to construct a brand new bridge. The first task for constructions crews on Monday, August 11 will be dismantling the temporary Bailey bridge that has been on loan from the Washington State Department of Transportation since March.

County commissioners approved a temporary road closure that gives contractor Active Construction, Inc. up to eight weeks to complete the first phase of the project before re-opening the bridge crossing. Once the new bridge structure re-opens to traffic, crews will continue working on the bridge, and motorists using the bridge are asked to drive slowly and take caution in the active construction zone to help keep workers safe. The new bridge is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

To learn more about the L-4 Salmon Creek Bridge Project, and to stay connected with project updates and traffic alerts, visit the L-4 Bridge project web site at www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/Projects/61489.aspx.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3