- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ENUMCLAW, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Transportation Department says emergency repairs to the State Route 410 White River Bridge between Enumclaw and Buckley should be finished in time to reopen the bridge for the Friday morning commute.

Crews hope to have the bridge open by 5 a.m. Friday.

The bridge was closed on Saturday after a routine inspection showed recent damage to its arched steel overhead support structure. Engineers think a too-tall load recently struck the bridge in the westbound lanes, putting a large dent in a horizontal beam.

Contractor crews started working around the clock on Sunday. They are temporarily repairing the steel support beam by straightening it and securing it to vertical beams. Permanent repair will come later this year. The Transportation Department says the cost for both the temporary and permanent repair is estimated at about $1.5 million.

The bridge is an important commuter route in southeast King County.

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