The Washington State Department of Transportation was scheduled to start work August 26 on State Route 302 stretching from Elgin-Clifton Road to Purdy. Five separate projects are expected to continue until the summer of 2020.

Crews will begin by creating a two-lane bypass near Minter Creek allowing traffic to move through the area while work is done to build a bridge and replace two culverts to improve fish passage, opening up nearly 25 miles of habitat.

Additional work throughout the fall and winter will include repaving nearly 8 miles of SR-302 from Elgin-Clifton Road to SR-16 and rebuilding sidewalks from the intersection at 94th Avenue NW in Wauna to Purdy.

The most disruptive work will be replacing the deck of the Purdy Bridge, which is expected to require at least three weekend closures when traffic will be detoured around the north end of Burley Lagoon. That work has not been scheduled but is expected to begin in the summer of 2020.

Paving and bridge repairs require warm, dry weather. Paving operations will occur overnight, when there is less traffic. Any additional highway closures will be announced in advance.

WSDOT said in a statement that drivers are encouraged to sign up for email alerts. Real-time traveler information is also available by going to wsdot.com/traffic, or by dialing 511, and on the WSDOT smart phone app.

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