Tumwater Truck Route likely to be closed again; downtown Port Angeles pile driving to resume

PORT ANGELES – The Tumwater Truck Route, which reopened to traffic over the weekend, is likely to be closed again on Monday, said Teresa Pierce, city spokeswoman.

“We don’t have any information that it will be open on Monday, so it’s best for commuters to assume that it will be closed, and make their travel plans accordingly,” Pierce said Saturday.

The closures are necessary so that the contractor working on the Eighth Street bridges replacement can install the support structures for the Tumwater Creek bridge along Eighth Street.

Drilling equipment will be moved during the rest of the week from the Tumwater Creek bridge construction site east to the Valley Creek bridge construction site.

Once the equipment is moved, the drilling process can begin for the Valley Creek bridge’s support structures.

Although flaggers will be used for traffic control, no road closures will be necessary to move the equipment.

Detour routes, traffic revisions and the anticipated construction schedule are available on the city’s Web site at www.cityofpa.us/bridges.htm.

The twin wooden trestles over Valley Creek and Tumwater Creek on Eighth Street were demolished and are being replaced in an $18.4 million dollar project.

Parsons RCI Inc. of Sumner is the primary contractor.

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