PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free e-book! Protecting and maintaining transmission pipeline

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Collapsed Span Reopens Early

Monday, September 23, 2013

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

Built in 66 days and installed in 19 hours, the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Washington State has reopened to traffic—and the entire process can be viewed in just under 90 seconds.

The bridge, which carries I-5 over the river about 60 miles north of Seattle, collapsed into the water on the evening of May 23 after an 18-wheeler carrying an oversized load collided with the overhead structure, sending two cars and three people into the water.

The new span was reopened to traffic on Sept. 15, two weeks before the Washington State Department of Transportation's Oct. 1 deadline.

A time-lapse video from WSDOT shows the new I-5 Skagit River Bridge span being put into place.

The I-5 bridge, originally opened in 1955, serves as a major commercial route between Washington and Canada, normally carrying about 71,000 vehicles a day. About 11 percent of traffic is commercial trucks transporting goods between the two countries.

WSDOT worked with its contractor, Max J. Kuney Company; designer Parsons Brinckerhoff; bridge-mover Omega Morgan; and several specialized subcontractors to move two sections of the temporary span and swap the new one into place.

The team worked to remove the temporary span and slide and lower the 900-ton concrete permanent span into its final location using a complex system of hydraulic jacks, Teflon pads, and long steel rails.

"I want to acknowledge the tremendous work of the entire team who worked on this bridge," said Gov. Jay Inslee, calling the bridge work "an effort we can all be very proud of."

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) also commended the work, saying, "The I-5 Skagit bridge is an economic lifeline for the region. Due to the tremendous effort by local, state and federal agencies working around the clock, we now have the permanent structure in place."

Skagit River Bridge
WSDOT / Flickr

The I-5 Skagit River bridge collapsed in May when an 18-wheeler carrying an oversized load struck the overhead structure.

Now that the permanent bridge span is complete, a new round of construction will start as crews work to start retrofitting the overhead bridge supports.

Renewed Bridge Attention

The day after the bridge collapsed, Inslee estimated the cost of repairs at $15 million. The same day, then-U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that he would make $1 million in federal emergency funds immediately available to begin repairs on the bridge.

The collapse "brought renewed attention to the safety and conditions of the Nation's bridges," the Office of Inspector General said in August, when announcing a planned series of audits to assess the Federal Highway Administration's management of measures to ensure bridge safety.

The audit was requested by Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

In June, Rahall introduced the Strengthen and Fortify Existing (SAFE) Bridges Act to provide dedicated funding for states "to start to reduce the backlog of more than 150,000 bridges ... that have reached or are nearing the end of their expected lifespan."

"The [Skagit River] bridge that gave way was just one of thousands across the country that have exceeded their life expectancy and are in need of replacement," Rahall said when announcing the bill.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Contractors; Department of Transportation (DOT); Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Chicago Corrosion Group
Vendor-neutral corrosion consulting

What you don’t know about painting is costing you a fortune. Call today to see how CCG’s vendor-neutral, owner’s advocacy saves our clients millions.


SAFE Systems, Inc.
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems

Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the
system that best fits
your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278


PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
Industrial strength performance in ONE can.

Now get the durability and protection of two components in one can: Amercoat® ONE, PSX® ONE and Sigmadur ONE.


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


Novetas Solutions
Number 1 Crushed Glass Abrasive in America!

6 NEW plants coast to coast! Safe for environment, 100% recycled glass. White Metal Finish! No unsafe toxins like Beryllium & Arsenic!
Call 866-775-6226


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Atlantic Design, Inc.
GOING BEYOND INDUSTRY STANDARDS

The ADI HD40 Dust Collector is a smaller, more economical way to meet/ exceed Industry standards. Watch the video for details on our website. 866.Call.ADI


Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With 4,000 distribution points and 3,700+ years of experience, Sherwin-Williams delivers the products, support and expertise you need, right where you need it.


Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.


Fischer Technology Inc.
Measure TSA Coatings on Stainless Steel

The PHASCOPE® PMP10 from FISCHER precisely measures thermally sprayed aluminum (TSA) on stainless steel.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com