Some of those in attendance likened the three-hour meeting to “herding cats,” but the Longview City Council, the Longview Historic Preservation Commission and the Longview Parks and Recreation Advisory Board finally came to a consensus on a “preferred alternative” for the replacement of the Washington Way Bridge. They’re looking at a pre-cast concrete bridge with five travel lanes with aesthetic improvements, concrete support piles, and eight-foot sidewalks. Longview City Manager Bob Gregory says that they’ll now submit this decision to state and federal officials for approval…wwaybridge…A second open house on the bridge replacement is planned for Wednesday, August 21st, where you’ll have an opportunity to review and comment on this preferred alternative. In September, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Parks Board will discuss the proposal; approval from both of those panels is needed before the City Council can take action on a preferred design in October. It’s currently planned that the $5.3 million project will go out to bid in May of next year, with construction to start in July of next year. Completion is projected for September of 2015. Additional details are available on the City of Longview website.