Construction on the Columbia River Bridge starts later this month. On July 23, a temporary signal will direct traffic 24 hours a day while crews repave the bridge with concrete.
Drivers can expect some overnight closures of the bridge spanning up to 20 hours. Crews will work on it from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. A 68-mile detour will be in place via State Route 25 to Northport and then back to US 395 through the Northport/Flat Creek Road. The signal will direct traffic across one lane at a time with about 10 minute delays.
Vehicles with loads wider than 8.5 ft will not be allowed on the bridge during the duration of the project.
The $1.1 million project is contracted to a Bellingham company. Razz Construction hopes to complete the project by October.