LONGVIEW, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Transportation has set the work schedule for the upcoming renovation of the Lewis and Clark Bridge at Longview.

Based on responses to a department survey, the agency has settled on a closure schedule of Monday through Friday, 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for the project, which is expected to kick off this December and last into 2005.

Thousands of questionnaires were sent out to area residents and business, but fewer than 100 were returned, said Amy Revis, area engineer for WSDOT's Kelso office. Most of the respondents preferred the five-nights-a-week closure schedule versus seven nights, and the 9:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m. time over 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

During those times the bridge will be completely closed to traffic as crews install pre-cast panels on the deck.

The plan calls for a maximum of 200 nighttime closures over the course of the project, and the department is working to reduce that number, Revis said. The dates of the actual closure will be up to the contractor, who will be required to provide advance notice, she said.

The $33.6 million project involves the replacement of the road surface on the 73-year-old structure, as well as seismic upgrades.

Public open houses are scheduled for July 16 in Longview, July 17 in Rainier and July 24 in Astoria.


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