I think most of us tend to take our Tri-Cities bridges for granted until there's an accident or a lane closure. Then we really feel the pain of getting from one side of the river to the other. If you usually travel from Kennewick to Pasco over the blue bridge (that's northbound for those of us that are direction challenged), roadwork will be taking place from 9:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m. today through Thursday. That means one northbound lane across the bridge and the Columbia drive northbound ramp to the bridge will be closed during those hours. At least it's not a full closure, it's only one lane. And it's not during peak drivetime hours either. Oh, who am I kidding? It's gonna be slow to go during those hours.

If you want to take a quick peek at the Blue Bridge before deciding to take the Cable Bridge, remember that WSDOT has a webcam monitoring it all the time. To view that click HERE.

Did you know that the Blue Bridge replaced the Green Bridge back in the 1940s? Why? The Green Bridge couldn't handle the growing amount of traffic. Looks like we might be headed that direction again, as fast as this area is growing!

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.


READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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