After a decade of watching the Green River Gorge bridge slowly become misaligned with the highway, the Washington Department of Transportation has finally closed the bridge. They’re routing SR-169 traffic through Ravensdale or Green Valley for at least the next 6 months while they figure out why the land on the south side of the bridge is moving.
The final straw was a recent landslide that came pretty close to the south bridge abutment, and they're not sure the bridge is stable any longer. So until they drain off the water and figure out how to prevent another slide, they’re not taking any chances. Since the road and bridge have been misaligned for years as the land moved sideways, the only surprising thing is that it took the DOT this long to start working on the problem.