Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation

The US 12 Heron Street Bridge in Aberdeen is nearing its final chapter. When it first opened to the traveling public in 1949, the average loaf of bread cost 13 cents. Now this link to Pacific Ocean beaches has reached the end of its useful life.

To turn the page, the Washington State Department of Transportation and local partners are considering the best path forward for removing and replacing the aging structure, but need help from people who rely on the bridge.

Community input is needed on the range of alternatives for a new crossing over the Wishkah River. There are two ways to comment: in-person or online.

“We need to hear from members of the community before any design work begins,” said WSDOT Regional Multimodal Planning Manager Dennis Engel. “This first step of the process will help us meet the needs of the community as we move forward in replacing this important link.”

An online survey is available for public comment through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 12.

A drop-in style open house later this month will highlight the proposed alternatives. No formal presentation will be given, however region planners will be on hand to explain the bridge alternatives, answer any questions and take feedback.

When: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20

Where: Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen

Parking: Parking is available on site at the pavilion. Local transit routes 10N and 40 have stops nearby.

Featured photo credit: John Llyod

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