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Inmates Repair Bridge At Olympic Natural Resources Center

September 30, 2015

By Darla DePew, Public Information Officer

Olympic Corrections Center

The bridge after the OCC crew replaced it.

The bridge after the OCC crew replaced it.

FORKS – Ten inmates who are part of a community services crew at Olympic Corrections Center and two correctional officer supervisors repaired a deteriorating footbridge on September 15, 2015 on a public trail behind the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC).

The bridge, which had been installed on the trail nearly two decades ago, had been getting soft in places in recent years. About four years ago, city officials had laminated some treated boards over the bridge’s existing decking as a temporary solution to stabilize it until funding could be secured to replace it.

The OCC community service crew replaced the bridge and removed debris on the trail from recent windstorms. The crew also installed two benches on either side of the bridge.

ONRC staff expressed their gratitude for the completion of the job.

“As always, these guys (the community service crews) do exceptional work and are an important and valuable asset to our community.”

The ONRC is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks. It works to provide scientific information to address critical issues and solve problems concerning forestry and marine sciences in the region. For more information on the ONRC, click here.