Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT Communications, 360-357-2789 (Tumwater)
PORT TOWNSEND – A segment of the Larry Scott Trail will be temporarily relocated while crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation reinforce the piers of a State Route 20 bridge near Port Townsend.
Trail users can expect to start using the relocated trail as soon as contractor Nordland Construction starts work on the SR 20 seismic retrofit project. Construction is expected to begin by mid-February and be complete by mid-April.
Most work will occur during daytime hours and will have only minimal impacts to drivers on SR 20.
The existing Larry Scott Trail currently runs under SR 20 and through the future construction zone. Crews will build a temporary gravel trail to the south of the existing trail to keep it open to the public while bridge work is under way. Flaggers will be available to assist trail users during active construction hours.
This project is designed to seismically strengthen the columns of the SR 20 bridge. Crews will excavate the ground around three bridge piers to expose footings. They will then install steel jackets around the columns. The column jackets are designed to help the piers resist any future earthquake forces.
The $397,000 project is funded through federal bridge replacement funds.