NASELLE, Wash. — Drivers on US 101 should budget extra travel time starting Friday, as bridge construction at the Middle Nemah River moves forward, and summer events heat up on the coast.

Friday afternoon, crews are shifting US 101 drivers onto a temporary one-lane bridge just west of the existing highway over Middle Nemah River.

Moving traffic onto the temporary bridge means contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation can demolish the 78-year-old Middle Nemah River Bridge and build a wider, safer crossing.

An automated traffic signal will direct traffic across the bridge around the clock. Drivers will also encounter a reduced speed limit of 25 mph through the work zone.

"For the most part, drivers will only see minor delays for this work," said WSDOT Project Engineer Lori Figone.

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