WSDOT has announced the White River Bridge closure schedule on Oct. 16, which called for three consecutive weekend closures in December.
The department has received many concerns about the schedule and its effect on local businesses during the peak of the holiday shopping season. As a result, WSDOT went back to the contractor and worked closely with them to reduce the number of weekends in December.
Updated weekend closure schedule
· 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23
· 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, through 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14
· 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, through 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
“As you can see there is only one full weekend closure scheduled for December. The other closure in December begins late on Friday evening and concludes by mid-morning Saturday,” Justin Fujioka, WSDOT communications employee, wrote in an email. “There will also be up to two weekend closures in January (dates yet to be determined and could be on consecutive weekends).”
“There is never a good time for full closures of the SR 410 White River Bridge, as it’s a vital lifeline connecting local communities,” Fujioka continued. “We’re pleased that people shared their concerns and suggested alternates and we were able to revise the schedule.”
Overnight lane closure schedule
Between Nov. 9 and Jan. 15, the contractor may close one lane across the bridge from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday through Thursday nights, as well as Sunday nights.