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Purdy bridge to be closed two nights next week

Morning commuters on the Key Peninsula cross the Purdy Bridge on their way to Gig Harbor and Tacoma. The bridge will be closed Monday and Tuesday nights for maintenance work.
Morning commuters on the Key Peninsula cross the Purdy Bridge on their way to Gig Harbor and Tacoma. The bridge will be closed Monday and Tuesday nights for maintenance work. dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

There’s a headache ahead for Key Peninsula drivers.

The state Department of Transportation intends to close the Purdy Spit bridge for repairs over two nights next week.

The 80-year-old structure, which carries state Route 302 over the entrance to Burley Lagoon, needs asphalt and joint repairs, according to the department.

The span will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday and from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

During the closures, motorists will be detoured along a 3-mile route using 94th Avenue Northwest, Southeast Pine Road and Bethel Burley Road Southeast.

The bridge is one of 145 state-owned bridges the Transportation Department has classified as “structurally deficient.” That means that while the span is not in danger of collapse, it needs extensive repairs or to be replaced.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam

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