Department of Transportation designing new Elwha River bridge for Highway 101

FORKS — The state Department of Transportation has started designing a new Elwha River bridge for U.S. Highway 101 along a new alignment after hundreds urged the state to pursue that option. “Our goal is to have that structure remain open in place, stable, safe, until we have a new bridge built,” John Wynands, regional administrator for the state DOT, told more than 30 people during a presentation in Forks on Tuesday. The effort to replace the 90-year-old bridge began in October after officials discovered the two bridge piers sat atop gravel and not bedrock. The now-wild river was eating away at the riverbed under the bridge until DOT crews surrounded the piers with rip rap.

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SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News

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