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US 101 - Hoquiam River - Simpson Avenue Bridge - Bridge Painting

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US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge
The US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge spans the Hoquiam River.

Project Photos

Example of bridge fully enclosed while being painted.
During the project, the old lead-based paint and rust will be removed off of the steel structure before applying the new paint. During this process, containment measures, like the one seen in this photo, are put into place to keep construction material out of the environment.


January 2016

  • Work on this project is largely complete
  • The pedestrian access across the bridge has reopened.

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 was cleaned and repainted with a protective coating. The project will prolong the life of the bridge.

Project Benefits

  • 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 was 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
  • Dec. 2015: Project complete

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 310117H
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $5,244
Total $5,244

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

How can I get more information?
Ricky Bhalla
WSDOT Project Engineer

Claudia Bingham Baker
WSDOT Communications

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