The Edwards Agency


Open house set on Fall City Bridge replacement

Fall City Bridge Residents interested in commenting on plans to replace Smith-Parker Bridge south of Fall City are invited to an open house to be held by the King County Road Services Division on Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m., at Fall City Elementary, 33314 SE 42nd Pl.
   The county is proposing to remove the existing Smith-Parker Bridge, which spans the Raging River near the intersection of 328th Way SE and Preston-Fall City Road SE, and replace it with a new structure. The new two-lane bridge would be nearly twice as wide, and would feature several safety improvements, such as six-foot shoulders. The proposal also calls for improvements to the intersection of 328th Way SE and Preston-Fall City Road SE, including the addition of a left turn lane.
   The project, with an estimated total cost of $3.8 million, is designed to improve traffic and pedestrian safety and bring Smith-Parker Bridge up to current structural design standards. Smith-Parker Bridge, built in 1909 and moved to its current location in 1963, has recently been showing signs of deterioration. Construction of the new bridge is expected to begin in 1997.
   Residents attending the open house can view project displays, ask questions of staff and offer comments. For more information, call Larry Jaramillo at 205-5203.