Several dozen people took time to come to the Cowlitz PUD Building yesterday evening, taking time to check out the preferred alternative for the replacement of the Washington Way Bridge over Lake Sacajawea. The city is looking at a pre-cast concrete bridge with a “haunched fascia” which has a more historic and aesthetic look. City Engineer Craig Bozarth says that the “tall abutments” and concrete columns that are being proposed also help the look underneath the bridge…wwaybridge…Other design aspects include five travel lanes, eight-foot sidewalks, acorn-type street lights and a painted steel rail on the walking path, similar to the rail on the north end of the lake. It’s planned that this design will be finalized and approved early next year, with plans to go out to bid in the spring. Construction should start in July of next year, with a full closure of Washington Way for nine to 13 months as the old bridge is removed and the new bridge is built. You still have time to comment on the project by going to the City of Longview website. Slides of the display boards used in last night’s Open House can be viewed there, and there’s a link to their on-line comment page.