May Valley Road open again after 2-month bridge replacement

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Here's some good news for the bicycling weekend road warriors of King County.

The new bridge on S.E. May Valley Road is finished and the road is open at least three days ahead of schedule.

The creek crossing on the lightly-traveled rural road between Newcastle and Issaquah has been closed since June 21 for a bridge replacement project. I just passed there Friday afternoon (Aug. 27) and the bridge was open.

The original bridge just east of Highway 900 on May Valley Road was more like a wooden culvert with decaying timbers over May Creek.

The new bridge handles the wider roadway, with better sightlines and wider shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians. The job was contracted to MidMountain Contractors, Inc. More information here and here.

The route is a popular bicycling route that passes horse stables and farms. In the winter, migratory fowl make the flooded May Creek their home.

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