Okanogan County gained $1,242,000 in emergency RATA funding for the replacement of Statler Bridge, MP 2.18 to MP 2.35 at the October, 2018 CRABoard meeting.
Heavy snow melt and rains in the spring of 2018 caused abnormally high flows on the Okanogan River and elsewhere.On May 7 2018 the county declared a state of emergency in order to deploy emergency responses where needed.After flooding had subsided, the county discovered extensive scouring and additional cracking that had not been observed in previous inspections of the abutment wall on Statler Bridge, which is located on Salmon Creek Road. The county therefore declared an emergency on September 24, 2018 and closed Salmon Creek Road so that temporary repairs could be made to the bridge.The temporary repairs involved pumping eleven cubic yards of concrete under and around the footings. The bridge was reopened to traffic with a 15 ton weight limit posted for it (63% below the standard 40 ton capacity) on October 1st.
The hydraulic Project Approval permit for the repairs issued by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stipulated that the work was temporary and that the structure must be replaced within three years due to Hydraulic deficiency.Based on its inspections however, the county recognized that the bridge would not likely survive another flooding event.
Costs estimate: (new 55 to 60 ft. span bridge as required by Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)$1,380,000