PULLMAN, Wash. – The drive to and from Pullman for most students will take a bit longer starting next month.

Needed bridge repairs along State Route 26 will shut down a portion of one of the most popular routes to Pullman for students, faculty and staff traveling from western Washington. A detour will be available but state transportation officials advise travelers should plan on extra time when making the trip.

In a new blog post from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the agency said the work should start mid-August, but an exact date will be released in the coming weeks due to final access permits being sought. The project is expected to last six weeks.

The blog post suggests official state detours will only add about 15 minutes to the total drive, but because of the detour and possible delays, adding extra time to your travel isn’t a bad idea.

WSDOT said the repairs were originally going to take place in 2019, but re-evaluation meant the project needed to be completed before Winter 2018.

Read the WSDOT blog post for additional maps and photos of the affected area.