Weekend Briefing | News from April 18 – 22

Need to catch up on Bonney Lake news? This last week was the anniversary of the deaths of Ellis family, who died when a concrete barrier on SR 410 fell onto Angeline Road. Additionally, the White River bridge was closed, but opened three days early, much to many Plateau residents' enjoyment. Buckley will be installing a new traffic light on the SR 410 and SR 165 intersection, and Bonney Lake residents spotted bears in town.

Bonney Lake bridge deaths see some closure

Josh, Vanessa and Hudson Ellis were killed by a concrete barrier that fell off of the SR 410 overpass over Angeline Road on April 13, 2015. A year later, the aftermath of this tragedy is still being dealt with, but many issues have been resolved. Remaining members of the family settled a $2.5 million wrongful death suit, and Labor & Industries is working out the fines each company that was working on SR 410 that day owe. However, whether the county intends to prosecute any party involved in the Ellis’ deaths remains an unknown. Read more about these updates to the Bonney Lake bridge deaths here.

White River bridge to reopen three days early | Department of Transportation

The White River bridge, which was planned to be closed April 15 – 23, was opened three days early. This greatly alleviated traffic on detour routes that took people on a 45 minute detour on what used to be a simple 10 minute trip. Read more about the early opening here.

Buckley’s ‘malfunction junction’ to receive a makeover

SR 410 is getting another traffic light, but this time, it’s in Buckley! The city’s ‘malfunction junction’ where SR 410 meets SR 165, will be getting a makeover during the summer, and the city hopes to see a new traffic light at that intersection by November. Read more about the project here.



Four bears spotted in Bonney Lake this morning

Bonney Lake had a bear scare as a mother bear and her two or three cubs were spotted early Wednesday morning near the Fennel Creek Trail. The Department of Fish and Wildlife set out two traps for the bears along the trail, but so far, it seems the bears have moved on somewhere else. Read more about the bear reports here.

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