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Mill Creek bridge work installed
City of Forks photo
Workers from Aberdeen-based Quigg Bros., Inc. this week installed a section of the concrete box work that is replacing worn Mill Creek culverts under Russell Road. Once the work is completed this section of the road, about a quarter mile from Highway 101 and adjacent to the Russell Road shake mills, will be opened to traffic.
Federal transportation funding, coming to Forks through the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT), highway funding, is paying for the majority of the project, including providing extra funding for the project needed when bids for the job came in higher than an engineering estimate for the project.
City Attorney/Planner Rod Fleck has told the Forks City Council the contractors bidding the job cited the isolated location of Forks and other climatic and logistical issues for the higher than expected bids.
A heavy rain storm in late 2010 damaged the already weakening culverts, forcing the closure of the road.