School buses will be able to go through Keewaydin Park to drop off and pick up students at Kennewick High School while a contractor works on finishing the Dayton Street bridge.
Kennewick city officials announced Thursday morning that the route through the park had been tested and will be a safe and efficient access for the school buses while the bridge over an irrigation canal remains closed.
Students will continue to use their normal school bus drop off and pick up zones, according to city staff. Normal parent drop off areas also will also remain accessible.
The project’s contractor, Accelerated Construction & Excavating of Plummer, Idaho, has added extra workers to the project, so the bridge could open the week of Sept. 8. But it does mean the bridge will be closed for the first two weeks of school.
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Workers began replacing the bridge in mid-June and were scheduled to finish by Aug. 25.
City officials had been planning the $704,000 project for years because the bridge over the Columbia Irrigation District canal had structural problems. About 60 percent of the costs are covered by a Federal Highway Bridge program grant.
“We sincerely appreciate our partnership with the Kennewick School District in reviewing solutions to minimize the impacts of this closure,” said Marie Mosley, Kennewick city manager, in a statement.