Work on Birch Bay-Lynden overpass complete

Commuters will no longer have to contend with construction near Birch Bay Square.

Representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced last week the construction on the Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass is complete. Crews began making the repairs in late January.

The overpass was damaged in May 2015, when a truck clipped the underside of the overpass with the boom from an excavator it was hauling. The accident did some structural damage to the overpass, requiring a 60-foot length of girder be replaced.

Construction reduced traffic on the overpass to one lane, and led to some minor delays along I-5. The section of the highway beneath the overpass was closed completely on several nights, requiring southbound commuters to take exit 270 and immediately get back on the highway on the other side.

WSDOT project engineer Jason Koreski said the project came in on budget and within the intended timeframe. The total cost of the project was $813,000.

“We’re excited to have this project finished and have the overpass go back to two lanes,” he said. “We want to thank drivers for their patience while traffic was limited to one lane during construction.”

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