By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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City officials and council members will be on hand Monday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new bridge starting at 10 a.m., City Engineer Mike Puntenney said Friday.
Puntenney said detours on Race Street and around the bridge will stay in place this weekend while crews test the new traffic signal and put finishing touches on the structure.
Craig Fulton, city public works and utilities manager, said the bridge likely will be open to vehicle traffic by about noon Monday after people clear the area following the ceremony.
The $4.5 million bridge replacement project began in August after the original 60-year-old bridge was closed and demolished.
The work, done by Kent-based Scarsella Bros. Inc., was slated to be completed in February, but contractor delays and bad weather pushed the completion date back, city officials said.
The new Lauridsen bridge includes two 12-foot-wide vehicle lanes, an eastbound center turn lane, widened sidewalks and two 5-foot-wide bicycle lanes.
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.