Swift Creek Bridge on Forest Road 90 (Lewis River Road) scheduled for Repairs

Contact(s): Diana Perez

April 20, 2014 – Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be conducting bridge repair work on Swift Creek Bridge located on Forest Road 90 (Lewis River Road) at milepost 4.2 in Skamania County approximately 7 miles east of the town of Cougar, WA. Forest Road 90 will be temporarily closed at night from 8pm to 6am between May 28th and June 11th in order to repair damaged bridge joints. Due to location of Swift Creek Bridge a detour route is not available. The public is encouraged to limit travel to daytime when planning to travel across Swift Creek Bridge on Forest Road 90.

“We have taken all reasonable measures to assure a minimal disruption to public and commercial access to the Forest along the Lewis River Road by timing the repair work after Memorial Day Holiday and closing the road only during nighttime”, states Tom Mulder, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Manager.

Forest Road 90 is a critical route through Gifford Pinchot National Forest and receives a large amount of traffic during most of the year.  Bridge inspections conducted last summer resulted in the need for replacing two bridge joints on Swift Creek Bridge, a 1970s-era complex bridge structure. The two bridge joints on Swift Creek Bridge provide the means for expansion and contraction. In addition, pavement will be placed at each end of the bridge.

Contact Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters at (360) 891-5000 or Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Office at (360) 449-7800 for updated information on this closure.