- The Simpson Avenue Bridge is closed to all traffic around the clock through mid-October while crews repaint the bridge.
- Drivers will follow a signed detour via the nearby Riverside Avenue Bridge which is being used as a two-way detour.
- Local businesses remain accessible.
- Check for current traffic impacts.
Why is WSDOT
painting the Simpson Avenue Bridge?
The Simpson Avenue Bridge, which spans the Hoquiam River, was last painted in 1992. Since then, the protective coating on the bridge has deteriorated, exposing the steel to the weather and elements, resulting in rust and corrosion.
The 1,978 foot-long bridge was opened in 1928 and has been painted multiple times over the years.
Painting the bridge preserves and restores the bridge's structural integrity and protects the steel from future corrosion.
The End Result
The steel framework of the bridge will be cleaned and repainted with a protective coating. The project will prolong the life of the bridge.
- Preservation: This project helps prevent future corrosion and preserves the structural integrity of the bridge.
- Environment: All work to remove the existing paint and apply new paint will be done under full containment to protect the environment.
- Economic: The Simpson Avenue Bridge over the Hoquiam River serves as a vital US 101 transportation connection. This project will allow the bridge to continue to handle commuter and freight traffic in the future.
What is the project timeline?
- Spring 2015: Project advertised for bids
- April, 2015: Project awarded to Hercules Painting Company, Inc.
- Summer 2015: Work begins
- Fall 2015: Project complete
|Financial Data for PIN 310117H
||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
Claudia Bingham Baker
back to top