GRANITE FALLS — Funding has finally been secured to replace Granite Falls’ namesake bridge.
The project has been a priority for Snohomish County Public Works for several years.
A $22.1 million federal grant means construction could be underway by 2025.
The nearly 90-year-old bridge connects downtown to homes, recreational sites and rock quarries. But it isn’t wide enough for large vehicles to pass each other.
“We have been working for many years to fix this key link in our north county transportation network, and now we can finally get down to work,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers.
The 340-foot-long bridge crosses the South Fork Stillaguamish River on the Mountain Loop Highway. More than 5,500 vehicles cross it each day, according to a county news release.
The replacement will be longer and wide enough for sidewalks.
It’s one of four projects funded by a federal Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant.
“This federal funding makes it possible for us to maintain access to important resources and recreational opportunities, and increases safety,” said Snohomish County Public Works Director Kelly Snyder.