Officials want input ahead of May Creek Bridge closure
June 9, 2009
King County transportation planners want to hear from drivers whose commutes will be impacted when crews replace the aging May Creek Bridge. Planners will host a June 11 open house at Briarwood Elementary School from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
County Road Services Division officials will be available to answer questions and accept comments about the planned closure. Officials hope to close the bridge next summer. Depending on which construction option they choose, the bridge could be closed from two to six months.
Officials will also be available at the open house to talk privately with property owners about concerns related to the bridge project.
May Valley Bridge was built in 1950. Timber supports beneath the roadway have decayed and the bridge has outlived its intended lifespan, officials said. Moreover, the roadway is narrow and constricts traffic that uses the nearby intersection of state Route 900 and Southeast May Valley Road.
Barbara de Michele, community relations planner for the project, said the bridge is “quite past its useful lifespan.
“There’s quite a bit of deterioration that needs to be replaced desperately,” she added.
The replacement bridge would meet modern safety standards. Plans call for the replacement bridge to be 40 feet wide with a 30-foot span. The bridge would include two 12-foot-wide travel lanes. The roadway would be wider and have improved sight lines and wider road shoulders for cyclists and pedestrians.
Jessy Jose, project manager for the May Valley Bridge overhaul, said county officials are considering a full or partial closure for the duration of construction.
A full closure would allow workers to complete the bridge replacement in about two to three months. A partial closure — a more expensive option — would allow vehicles to continue using the bridge during the five to six months of construction.
County officials opted for a partial closure of Bandaret Bridge across Issaquah Creek. The roadway is restricted to one lane over the creek through November while crews build a replacement bridge a few feet away.
Road Services Division officials want drivers to weigh in about May Creek Bridge construction options at the open house, and de Michele said the comments would be a factor in the construction decision. She said 5,800 postcards were sent to nearby residents alerting them to the project and the open house.
County staffers will also coordinate with officials at the Issaquah School District, state Department of Transportation and emergency service providers to reduce the impact of construction.
If You Go
May Creek Bridge open house
Briarwood Elementary School multipurpose room
17020 S.E. 134th St., Renton
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