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Aurora Avenue Bridge sidewalk closures switching sides this week

The long-term sidewalk closure on the Aurora Avenue Bridge/State Route 99 is switching sides this week.

The sidewalk next to the northbound lanes will reopen by 11 a.m. this Thursday, after nine months of repair and painting. The sidewalk on the southbound lanes side will then close through the end of October.

To facilitate the switch, on Thursday the right northbound lane will be closed from 8 -11 a.m., then the right southbound lane will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup is posted at either end of the bridge to assist users who are unable to use the pedestrian/cyclist detour.

With the exception of the handrail, most of the work to clean, repair and paint the Aurora Avenue Bridge’s stringers and floor beams is complete. Crews are now dismantling the work scaffolding and containment system that was installed under the bridge for the painting.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. A second project to clean, repair and repaint the remaining portions of the bridge could begin in late 2017.