PACIFIC COUNTY — The Washington state transportation budget for 2011-15 contains major money to replace or maintain several bridges in Pacific County. 

On U.S. Highway 101 between the Peninsula and South Bend, the Middle Nemah Bridge replacement project received $4.85 million and the Bone River Bridge replacement is set to go ahead with $11.56 million. Both projects also received smaller amounts in the last two-year budget cycle and will have small additional sums in 2013-15 for total budgets of $5.6 million and $12.6 million respectively.

In north county, the Smith Creek Bridge on State Route 105 between Raymond and Tokeland is to be replaced between now and 2015 at a cost of nearly $12 million. The most expensive pending bridge project in the county is the North River Bridge on SR-105, which will consume about $23 million between now and 2017.

Also in north county, the Willapa River Bridge on State Route 6 between Raymond and Chehalis will cost $9.3 million between now and 2017. The Norris Slough culvert replacement project on SR-105 will be wrapped up soon at a total cost of about $3 million.

Maintenance on the Astoria-Megler Bridge will continue, with Washington’s share of north-end work wrapping up in 2011-13, and the final total state share coming to $9.1 million. Our state’s contribution to work on the bridge’s south end will come to about $19.9 million, most of that coming in 2013-15.

Other types of highway funding are also allocated to our county. State Route 100 between Ilwaco and Cape Disappointment is budgeted for chip-seal work in the 2011-13 budget cycle at a cost of about $1.15 million.

A new left-turn lane in the vicinity of Fort Columbia State Park will cost about $200,000. There will be a great deal of work in that area this year as the Middle Village-Station Camp Unit of Lewis and Clark National Park is upgraded following several years of delays.

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