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Washington State Structurally Deficient Bridges on Highway 101: Olympic Peninsula

After the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on May 23rd, 2013, a heightened sense of worry has been directed at our collapsing infrastructure. While the events that occurred above and in the frigid  Skagit River are extremely rare, it is important that we all take a closer look at the quality of roads and bridges around the country. Since we are located and operate on the Olympic Peninsula, we have created a list of bridges on Highway 101 that were classified as “Structurally Deficient” by the WSDOT, the same as the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5.

 

While Highway 101 is not Interstate 5, it still is an important route between US and Canada, as well as a major shipping route for timber and other goods. Established as U.S. Route 101 in 1926, much of the road has remained the same, crossing the same spots on the river and traveling along the Olympic National Park. We drive these roads daily and have crossed the bridges thousands of times and will do so thousands more. This list was not created to induce fear, but was made to serve as public awareness.

 

An Old Trestle along the Pysht River, Olympic Peninsula

An Old Rail Trestle along the Pysht River, Olympic Peninsula

 

STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES: HIGHWAY 101 on the OLYMPIC PENINSULA

 

NAME: Chehalis River Bridge

COUNTY: Grays Harbor

LOCATION: Milepost 83.22

YEAR BUILT: 1955

RATING: Unknown

DAILY TRAFFIC: Unknown

The Chehalis River Bridge has been “Prioritized for Bridge Rehabilitation” by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

 

 

NAME: Hoquiam River Bridge

COUNTY: Grays Harbor

LOCATION: Milepost 3.3

YEAR BUILT: 1928, Rehabilitated 1948

RATING: 45.7/100

DAILY TRAFFIC: 13,199

The Hoquiam River Bridge has been “Prioritized for Bridge Rehabilitation” by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

 

 

NAME: Wishkah River bridge

COUNTY: Grays Harbor

LOCATION: Highway 101/US 12 intersection

YEAR BUILT: 1949

RATING: 43.8/100

DAILY TRAFFIC: 13,857

The Wishkah River Bridge has been “Prioritized for Bridge Rehabilitation” by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

 

 

NAME: Humptulips River Bridge

COUNTY: Grays Harbor

LOCATION: Milepost 109.00

YEAR BUILT: 1950

RATING: 68.3/100

DAILY TRAFFIC: 2,162

The Humptulips River Bridge has been designated as “Program Future Repairs” by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

 

 

NAME: Cushman Project Bridge

COUNTY: Mason

LOCATION: Milepost 334.47

YEAR BUILT: 1930

RATING: 48.8/100

DAILY TRAFFIC: 6,308

The Cushman Project Bridge has been “Program Future Repairs” by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

 

NAME: Kennedy Creek Bridge

COUNTY: Mason

LOCATION: Milepost 356.17

YEAR BUILT: 1960

RATING: 57.8

DAILY TRAFFIC: 8,275

The Kennedy Creek Bridge has been “Prioritized for Bridge Rehabilitation by the Washington State Department of Transportation.”

 

 

NAME: Sol Duc River Bridge

COUNTY: Clallam

YEAR BUILT: 1941

RATING: 34.5

DAILY TRAFFIC: 3,882

The Sol Duc River Bridge has been “Prioritized for Bridge Rehabilitation by the Washington State Department of Transportation.”

 

 

NAME: McDonald Creek Bridge

COUNTY: Clallam

YEAR BUILT: 1939

RATING: 46.7

DAILY TRAFFIC: Unknown

The McDonald Creek Bridge has been “Prioritized for Bridge Rehabilitation by the Washington State Department of Transportation.”

 

 

For more detailed Statewide Information in PDF form:

National Bridge Inventory Data: structurally-deficient-bridges-washington

From WSDOT: StructurallyDeficientBridges_Sept2011

 

 

 

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