IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Cougar Creek Bridge replacement to begin on Monday, July 16

July 11, 2012

Cougar Creek Bridge existing structure is unsafe, and needs to be replaced (Clark County photo)

A short section of NE Washougal River Road will be closed to all traffic beginning on Monday, July 16.

The closure is necessary for replacing Cougar Creek Bridge, one of the last wood structure bridges owned by Clark County, with a precast concrete girder bridge.

Clark County’s contractor, Conway Construction of Ridgefield, will close NE Washougal River Road, from Mile Post 5.1 to 5.2.

The county’s contract with Conway estimates construction will wrap up in mid-October. However, the county is offering an incentive for Conway to finish construction early and open the road as soon as possible.

The closure will require extra coordination because of the July 21 Washougal MX National, which can draw more than 20,000 motocross spectators to the Washougal MX Park, 40205 N.E. Borin Road.

About 50 signs alerting drivers to the bridge closure and detour will be posted along county and city roads leading to Cougar Creek Bridge, including four signs specifically made for the motocross track.

Clark County Public Works also has prepared a map showing alternate ways to get to the Washougal MX Park, including using Salmon Falls Road in Skamania County. The map can be accessed  directly at: www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/roads/documents/WashougalMX.pdf.

Drivers should remember that NE Washougal River Road is a narrow, curvy road with limited opportunities to turn around, especially for trucks and other large vehicles.

For more information, contact Jeff Mize, Public information outreach managerClark County Public Works.

work: (360) 397-6118 ext. 4398
cell: (360) 600-4645
Jeff.Mize@clark.wa.gov
www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks