May Creek Bridge closes from June 21 until August

June 15, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

The bridge near the intersection of Southeast May Valley Road and state Route 900 will close June 21 and remain closed for most of the summer, as workers dismantle the aging structure and build a replacement bridge.

King County plans a modern May Creek Bridge to replace the timber-supported, 60-year-old span across the north fork of May Creek. Crews posted signs near the bridge last week to alert drivers to the shutdown and construction. Detour signs will be posted for the duration of the closure.

The replacement bridge will be longer, with wider lanes and shoulders. Moreover, the $1.7 million project has been designed to bear heavier loads.

The narrow roadway on the existing bridge constricts traffic at the nearby intersection of state Route 900 and Southeast May Valley Road.

King County Road Services Division planners started readying for the project several years ago. The agency contacted the state Department of Transportation, emergency-service providers and the Issaquah School District to prepare.

Sara Niegowski, district spokeswoman, said the timing dovetails with summer break. The school year ends June 17 and starts Aug. 31.

The county chose a full shutdown because the option allowed for the fastest construction of the replacement. The contractor, Kirkland-based MidMountain Contractors, faces fines if construction has not been completed by the end of August, Road Services Division spokeswoman Linda Thielke said.

The transportation agency sent mailers to 8,000 nearby residents in early June as part of the preparations for the shutdown. The county also held a question-and-answer session about the project last June, but the open house attracted only six people.

The county transportation agency replaced another bridge south of Issaquah last year.

Crews kept a single lane open on Bandaret Bridge as crews dismantled the old bridge and constructed a replacement. The bridge carries Southeast May Valley Road across Issaquah Creek.

The project lasted from March to October last year. Workers finished the replacement bridge weeks ahead of schedule.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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One Response to “May Creek Bridge closes from June 21 until August”

  1. May Vallley/SR 900 resident on June 17th, 2010 11:05 am

    First of all that is not May Creek the bridge goes over, its back side of squawk run off, on Issaquah side its called something else .. Yeah salmon 100 years ago used to spawn in May Creek and all tributaries== Get a life.. Indians used to be real too and live in teepee, or caves.

    This bridge is perfect condition, its another waste of your and my tax money same as the repeat and repeat and 5 year project on 900 at Tallas, even today they are digging up all the manholes agaim.. WSDOT and KCDOT are a pc of work.. dum as a stump .. its not there money they waste, its ours !! The best improvement was when City took over the road maintenanance on 900 at the top hill past curves next to loser Pacific Top Soil plant. They closed that down 20 years ago cuz of enviormental impact on 900.. Yet state gets new campaign money from donations from Pacific Topsoil so they allow to reopen.. Your state gov and county just look the other way.. What a disaster in the making. !!

    There has never ever been a accident due that bridge weight restrictions or width, the county spends money like picking apples from trees, they need to spend or they dont get refunded.. so now estimated a normal 500,000 trips across that bridge for 3 months ( average ).. All these cars and trucks will cost millions to detour in gas and wear tear going alternate routes.. MORONS

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