Travelers who use State Route 506 near Vader should add extra travel time starting next week as work begins to replace the aging and failing Lacamas Creek Bridge, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Beginning Monday, contractor Farline Bridge, Inc., will start work to replace the timber bridge, which was built in 1951. The span no longer meets modern bridge standards.

It will be replaced with a concrete bridge that can accommodate all legal loads, according to the WSDOT press release.

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To replace the bridge, contractor crews will close both directions of SR 506 between Telegraph Road and the end of the Lacamas Creek Bridge (mileposts 8.0—8.19). During the closure, travelers between Vader and Interstate 5 will follow a signed detour, using South Military Road and SR 505. The bridge closure will remain in place until construction of the new bridge is complete.

The new bridge is expected to be open to travelers this winter.

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