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Preservation Work to Begin on WA Bridge

Friday, April 9, 2021

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The Washington State Department of Transportation released an advisory earlier this week telling Interstate-5 travelers that they should plan for traffic delays and lane restrictions for the next five months due to the repainting of the southbound Stillaguamish River Bridge trusses.

Work is slated to being on April 12 with crews from Southern Road & Bridge, LLC, who was awarded the project late last month.

About the Bridge

The southbound Stillaguamish River Bridge was built in 1933 to carry US 99. The steel truss bridge comprises three spans over the river and runs 607 feet.

Washington State Department of Transportation, SS-CA 2.0, Flickr Commons

The Washington State Department of Transportation released an advisory earlier this week telling Interstate-5 travelers that they should plan for traffic delays and lane restrictions for the next five months due to the repainting of the southbound Stillaguamish River Bridge trusses.

When I-5 opened in the 1960s, the bridge became part of the interstate, carrying two lanes in each direction. A new northbound bridge opened in 1971 and traffic was separated, resulting in three lanes on each bridge. Each span carries an average of 39,000 vehicles per day.

In the summer of 2014, WSDOT replaced the southbound bridge deck. It took about four months to complete the work and the bridge reopened in November 2014.

About the Project

Southern Road and Bridge LLC was the lowest of eight apparent bidders at $5,387,410.35. Additional bidders included:

  • P.S. Bruckel, Inc of Avon, New York, in the amount of $5,526,298;
  • Panther Industrial Painting of Mishawaka, Indiana, in the amount of $5,968,870;
  • Cekra, Inc of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the amount of $6,245,152.10;
  • Purcell Painting and Coating, LLC of Tukwila, Washington, in the amount of $6,319,743;
  • Olympus Painting Contractors, Inc of Tarpon Springs, Florida, in the amount of $6,399,021;
  • Royal Bridge, Inc of Palm Harbor, Florida, in the amount of $7,578,277.25; and
  • Abhe and Svoboda, Inc of Jordan, Minnesota, in the amount of $10,016,968.50.

According to the Department, the existing paint on the southbound bridge is weathered and damaged, allowing corrosion to occur. This project will remove old paint, clean exposed metal and apply new paint to the existing bridge structure under a full containment system. In addition, minor maintenance and repairs will also be performed such as replacing joints and rivets.

While restoration work begins on Monday, starting in June, all southbound traffic will be diverted onto the adjacent northbound bridge for approximately five months.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Contract awards; Corrosion; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Paint BidTracker; Upcoming projects

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