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Snoqualmie River bridge will be closed May 10 to 14

A paving project along State Route 202 will begin with closures on the Snoqualmie River bridge from May 10 to May 14.

The paving project will stretch from roughly the Snoqualmie Falls to the western portion of North Bend. At 10 p.m. May 10, contractors with the Washington State Department of Transportation will start work to improve pedestrian access and repave four miles of SR 202. The stretch was last paved in 1995, and is experiencing cracks and rutted pavement.

The $2 million project includes repaving and rehabilitating the Snoqualmie River bridge, which was last paved in 2007. The bridge will be closed entirely between May 10 and May 14, according to a press release from the city of North Bend.

“These repairs will keep the 90-year-old bridge in a state of good repair and reduce the likelihood of future unplanned closures for maintenance,” a WSDOT engineer said in the press release.

The deck of the bridge will be removed, expansion joints will be replaced, and a new waterproof membrane will be added to protect the bridge. New asphalt and temporary striping will be applied before reopening, with permanent striping added this summer.

Travelers should plan for an additional 25 to 30 minutes for the detour route. The closure starts between the Tokul Roundabout and the SR 202 bridge, which will still provide local access to Millpond Road.

Milling and repaving other sections of the State Route 202 will begin on June 6 after the Flying Wheels bicycle race, and will continue through September.

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