To lessen the impact of heavy truck loads and other oversized vehicles, Pilchuck Creek Bridge 626 will be reduced to a single lane with weight restrictions in July 2021. The bridge is located just north of 236th NE on Pacific Highway (Old SR 99), approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Silvana and 8 miles southeast of Stanwood.
The 180-foot steel and concrete structure was built in 1933 and receives routine inspections and maintenance. The lane reduction and load limit project will extend the life of the bridge until the county is able to secure funding to replace or rehabilitate the bridge. A major repair or replacement would likely occur after 2026.
Construction for the single-lane revision is scheduled for July 2021.
The single lane revision is expected to cause only minor delays for residents in peak travel periods.
Some large, multi-axle vehicles will be required to detour on Interstate 5. Please check the Height and Weight Restrictions page for additional information.
The county will be seeking federal funding for a bridge rehabilitation or replacement during the next bridge funding cycle in 2023. A major repair or replacement project will be scheduled when funding is available.