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JUST ASK SHANE: Update on Pioneer Way Bridge Construction

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YAKIMA COUNTY, WA - A viewer in the Yakima Valley wants to get an update on a bridge construction project near Cowiche. Patti sent us a Facebook message asking, "Why is the Pioneer Bridge construction taking so long? I heard 6 to 8 weeks.  It's been longer."

I spoke with Gary Ekstedt in the county's public services department, and he told me this project is actually right on schedule.  Crews started working on the project in late August.  They're replacing the Pioneer Way bridge over Cowiche Creek, which is located just south of the intersection of Pioneer Way and Cowiche Mill Road.

Ekstedt says crews just finished setting the girders, and are finishing up some concrete work before they lay down asphalt over the top. If the weather cooperates, the work should be completed by the end of the month.  The $1 million project will double the length of the bridge to accommodate the stream below, and will be paid for with state and federal funding.

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