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The Washington transit agency is conducting a survey to determine best dates for a Lewis and Clark Bridge closure.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - The Lewis and Clark Bridge runs between Rainier and Longview.The Lewis and Clark Bridge will close to traffic for nearly a week sometime next year, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The bridge, which connects Rainier and Longview, Washington, is in need of "vital preservation work," the agency says. It will close to all traffic for up to six days in spring or summer 2023.

What has yet to be determined is exactly when that closure will happen.

WSDOT is asking bridge-users to weigh in on the best time for the closure.

The survey is open online through Aug. 15.

During the closure, the closest detours to cross the river into Washington will be the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the Interstate 5 Bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

Both detour bridges are more than 50 miles from the Lewis and Clark Bridge.

Pedestrians, cyclists and emergency responders will still be able to cross the 1,200-foot-long bridge during construction. However, it will be closed to most vehicle traffic, including passenger cars and trucks.

WSDOT said drivers should also prepare "for up to two months of nighttime repair work on the bridge with delays and congestion in the project area."

"Two expansion joints, which allow the structure to expand and contract with daily temperature variations, have deteriorated and need to be replaced," WSDOT explained. "This repair project will help preserve the bridge and extend its service life."

Vehicles traveled across the Lewis and Clark Bridge on average more than 22,000 per day over the past five years, according to WSDOT data. The Astoria-Megler Bridge sees less than half as much traffic, although the I-5 Bridge sees close to six times as many trips as Lewis and Clark.


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