The Spiketon Creek Bridge on State Route 162 just south of Buckley has been permanently closed, Washington State Department of Transportation officials announced last week.
The bridge, which forms part of the roadway connecting Buckley with White River High School and serves as a thoroughfare to the towns of Wilkeson and Carbonado, had been temporarily closed Aug. 16 to allow crews to repair the bridge deck.
Newly discovered “pier settlement,” which would have required roughly $2 million to reverse, according to a news release, led officials to make the closure permanent.
“This was not a decision we made lightly,” John Wynands, the DOT’s Olympic Region administrator, said in a statement. “Our goal with the deck repairs was to keep the bridge functional (until scheduled construction of a new bridge). Unfortunately the discovery of the pier settlement changed that.”
Adjacent surface streets and state route 410 will comprise the detour indefinitely. The Foothills Trail, which routes under the affected bridge, also known as the Pioneer Way Bridge, remains open.
“It’s clear that it’s not a good use of public funds to make (a $2 million) investment in an 82-year-old structure,” Wynands said. “We’ve begun discussions on moving forward and will engage the community as we develop solutions to the unanticipated closure of this structure.”