Weight limit imposed on Coal Creek Bridge in Lake Walker area

Workers will spend the next month repairing a decades-old bridge that serves a limited number of motorists in the Lake Walker area.

Coal Creek Bridge is traveled about 300 times a day, connecting residents around the lake to Veazie-Cumberland Road.

During a routine inspection, rust and general deterioration were discovered, according to Rochelle Ogershok, spokeswoman with the King County Road Department.

While work is being done, she said, the county has imposed a 10-ton weight limit. While that won’t slow down run-of-the-mill motorists, school buses and garbage haulers could be impacted. Ogershok said the county has contacted the Enumclaw School District about alternative measures for picking up and delivering students.

The two-lane bridge, sitting just east of 320th Avenue Southeast, is 54 years old. At times during the repairs, travel will be limited to a single lane.

Ogershok said the current repair project will not provide a permanent answer to the bridge’s troubles. The county will continue to monitor the bridge after repairs are completed, she said, while looking for a long-term solution.

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