Construction starts on new Satus Creek Bridge

WSDOT NEWS RELEASE -- Seventy-year-old wood will make way for brand new concrete starting Friday, March 16, when the Washington State Department of Transportation and Kennewick-based contractor William Charles West begin work to replace the US 97 Satus Creek Bridge.

The $12.7 million project will construct a new, wider bridge with shoulders, repave two miles of worn asphalt on US 97, and improve sight distance for drivers.

Because this is a vital route for the 3,400 drivers, including 1,200 truckers, who use this section of US 97 daily, crews will maintain access across Satus Creek during the project by constructing a temporary bridge. The temporary bridge is scheduled to open in May, and will allow crews to begin work to demolish the old Satus Creek Bridge and build the new structure.

US 97 drivers heading between Toppenish and Goldendale on the Yakama Indian Reservation can expect intermittent delays of up to 15 minutes during the project as equipment and materials are moved and staged on site. Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to be completed in November.