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Why is WSDOT
painting the bridge and replacing the bridge deck?
Originally built in 1938, the aging Puget Island Bridge (officially known as the Julia Butler Hansen Bridge) connects Puget Island to Cathlamet in Wahkiakum County.
The paint on the narrow steel truss bridge is flaking and peeling away, exposing the steel to the elements, which results in rust and corrosion. Portions of the timber bridge deck are deteriorating and in need of repair.
Beginning in late summer 2017, contractor crews will begin work to install a new bridge deck and repaint the structure. The work is weather dependent.
What can drivers expect?
Drivers will need to plan ahead for 5-day workweeks, with 8-hour closures for up to 80-days, while crews replace the bridge deck. Based on community survey responses, bridge deck replacement work will be done during overnight hours.
During bridge painting work, a temporary signal will be installed and traffic will alternate through a single-lane of the bridge.
WSDOT is working with local emergency services to ensure access on and off the island during closures of the bridge.
To help you plan ahead, we offer a variety of tools. Subscribe to receive email updates with current project and travel information or visit the WSDOT travel advisory web page.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, more than 100 members of the community attended an open house to learn more about construction work on the SR 409 Puget Island Bridge. WSDOT staff discussed the project, took feedback and answered questions.
What will happen to the osprey nest?
WSDOT’s bridges are home to many species of wildlife and the SR 409 Puget Island Bridge is no exception. Ospreys have historically nested near the center of the steel superstructure.
In coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, WSDOT is looking at measures to address the osprey nest on the bridge. Measures that have been used on other projects include relocating the existing nest or nesting material to an alternate location; constructing alternate nearby nesting locations; and ongoing removal of nesting material during the nesting season to prevent nesting.
The End Result
Painting the bridge and replacing its deck will preserve the bridge's structural integrity, restoring this important transportation connection and prolonging the life of the bridge.
- Preservation: The fresh coat of paint and repaired deck will help prevent future corrosion to the steel, preserving the bridge’s structural integrity.
- Economic: This project helps maintain a vital transportation connection, allowing the bridge to continue handling traffic for years to come.
What is the project timeline?
- Summer 2016: Design phase scheduled to begin.
- Spring 2017: Projects scheduled to be advertised.
- Late summer 2017: Construction scheduled to begin.
- Summer 2019: Project scheduled to be complete.
|Financial Data for PIN 440912P, 440920D
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Project Engineer
Phone: 360-442-1350 or toll free 1-800-545-1393
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