It’s time to start thinking about what your alternate route across or around Lake Sacajawea will be, as the City of Longview announces the construction schedule for replacement of the Washington Way Bridge. The city’s contractor, Salem-based Carter and Company, Incorporated, is scheduled to start work on November 17th, with completion projected for November of next year. During this time, Washington Way will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Nichols Boulevard and Kessler Boulevard. Detour signs will be posted, with traffic re-routed to Nichols, 20th Avenue and Kessler Boulevard. Pedestrians will also be able to use the Hemlock foot bridge to get across the lake. Lake trail users will also need to alter their routines, as the paths underneath the bridge will also be closed. Pedestrians and cyclists will be routed to paths that cross Washington Way on Kessler and Nichols. Contact the City of Longview if you need more information.
Due to unforeseen utility conflicts, the closure of 32nd Avenue between Washington Way and Douglas Street is being extended through November 17th. City of Longview officials say that the closure is needed for water line replacement, sewer line replacement and concrete pavement repairs. The posted detours will remain in place until this work is done. Local access will also be maintained.