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They’re finally repairing a Guide Meridian bridge damaged in 2016. Here are the detours

A closeup of the bent crossbeam on the Nooksack River bridge at Guide Meridian is shown Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Washington State Department of Transportation will close northbound lanes of Guide Meridian periodically until early February to repair the damage.
A closeup of the bent crossbeam on the Nooksack River bridge at Guide Meridian is shown Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Washington State Department of Transportation will close northbound lanes of Guide Meridian periodically until early February to repair the damage. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Repair work begins this week on a Guide Meridian bridge that will result in some detours and possible traffic delays.

Construction began Wednesday on the Nooksack River bridge near Lynden and will last until early February, according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Bellingham’s Razz Construction will replace the damaged overhead portion of the bridge that was hit by a truck in September 2016. In order to complete the work, Razz will need five nighttime detours of northbound traffic.

The detours will take place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Jan. 24-25, Jan. 25-26, Jan. 28-29, Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 4-5. During those times, a signed detour will direct northbound traffic to Pole Road and up Hannegan to Lynden.

Until early February, a single northbound lane will be closed each week from 7 p.m. Sunday until 3 p.m. on Friday. Each day the lane will reopen between 3-7 p.m. for the evening commute.

The cost of the project is estimated to be $470,000. WSDOT is working to recover those costs from Z Recyclers Inc., which is the registered owner of the truck that hit the bridge.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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