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City moves forward with bridge replacement

Bridge over Mill Creek on Spokane Street., Walla Walla.
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WALLA WALLA, Washington – The city is starting the process to replace the bridge on Spokane Street that crosses Mill Creek this year. The span is more than 100 years old. Last week, the Walla Walla City Council approved a permit to work in and around the water as required by the state.

Once the project begins, Public Works Director Ki Bealey said it will take about a year to remove the old bridge and replace it with a new one.

Crews will also do sidewalk work along Spokane Street between Main and Alder streets.

An inspection of the bridge in 2016 found it to be generally in poor condition. That inspection determined that the bridge should be replaced because of a substandard load-carrying capacity. The city has received state funding to replace the bridge, which was built in 1905.

According to Mayor Barbara Clark, the city will also be taking public comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ study of the Mill Creek Flood Control Project in the near future.

“We’d like to see more naturalizing of Mill Creek,” she said, adding that she’d like the public to see the area is more than just a concrete channel that runs through the city.

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