Expansion joint on U.S. 2 bridge gets temporary fix

Street Smarts reader Arleigh Hiersch, of Snohomish, writes: “For over eight months, the expansion joint on U.S. 2 westbound over the Pilchuck River has been missing. A motorcycle hitting it could cause a serious accident. What will it take to get fixed?”

Tom Pearce, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation, said crews are aware of the problem. “Our deck patching crew recently (Jan. 10-11) made temporary repairs to the U.S. 2 Pilchuck River Bridge. We’re now working on a permanent solution. In the meantime, we’ll continue to monitor the bridge and if additional temporary repairs are needed, we’ll make them.”

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