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10/17/2012

Washougal River Road reopens after Cougar Creek Bridge replacement

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Jean Singer, Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-6118 ext. 4823
Jean.Singer@clark.wa.gov

Jeff Mize, Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-6118 ext. 4398
Jeff.Mize@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – Northeast Washougal River Road is now open to through traffic following replacement of Cougar Creek Bridge (#1409).

Conway Construction Co. of Ridgefield, the county’s general contractor, reopened the road after installing guardrails and finishing other final construction items.

The bridge was closed for about 13 weeks from Milepost 5.1 to 5.2 to replace the timber bridge with a precast concrete girder bridge. Construction started in mid-July and the project was finished on time.

The replacement bridge is considerably wider, 32 feet compared with the old bridge’s 24 feet. The new bridge also is better aligned for the curvature on Northeast Washougal Road and has deeper foundations. All of the changes will improve safety on a road used by almost 3,400 vehicles a day.

“Clark County appreciates the community’s patience and understanding,” said Jean Singer, Clark County’s Project Manager for Cougar Creek Bridge. “We know that construction was a disruption, and we are pleased to have the bridge completed and road reopened on schedule.”

Periodic single-lane closure may take place in the coming weeks so crews can complete final guardrail work, but any closures will be relatively brief.

The previous bridge was built in 1935 and partially reconstructed in 1959. The new bridge is designed to last for 75 years.

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