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Puget Sound Bridge Work Includes Osprey Relocation

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Work on the Puget Island Bridge continues to tell the tale of eminent domain displacing residents on major infrastructure projects—namely the temporary relocation of an osprey nest.

Bridge Work, Nest Relocation

The work on the steel truss bridge, which connects Cathlamet to Puget Island, is slated to take 380 work days and cost $18.3 million, with completion planned for 2021. Florida-based contractor Royal Bridge will be both repainting the span and replacing the road deck.

According to The Daily News, replacing the road deck will require 70 nighttime closures, with complete bridge closures occurring from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. To accommodate the adjustment in traffic, the ferry will be running around the clock during evening closures for the bridge.

After painting begins, there will also be a consistent one-lane closure.

As for the osprey relocation, workers prepared for the birds’ relocation on March 9, with the actual relocation taking place on Tuesday through Thursday of this week. The next was relocated from the top of the bridge to a newly constructed platform.

“We don’t know if (the nest) will move in one piece. We don’t know if it will fall apart,” Tamara Greenwell, spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Transportation, told The Daily News. “Once it’s moved we’re hoping that the birds take to it.”

Platform Design

Royal Bridges approached steel fabricator Big C Industries to take on the nest, which prompted project manager Jake Farrens to design a temporary beam and platform based on specifications from WSDOT, which detailed that the nest was roughly 3 feet by 3 feet. As it turns out, the nest was bigger than that, and heavier than the crew assumed it would be.

"It was really tough getting the nest," said Ethan Winters, an employee of Big C. "We brought in an operator from NessCampbell to handle the equipment for such a delicate operation."

Work on the bridge project will start in earnest in April.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Environmental Protection; Infrastructure; NA; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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