- This project cleans and paints the steel framework of the Simpson Avenue Bridge on US 101 over the Hoquiam River in Grays Harbor County. The bridge is one of the primary routes between Hoquiam and Aberdeen. New paint will help prevent future corrosion to the steel, which preserves the structural integrity and prolongs the life of the bridge.
Why is WSDOT
painting the Simpson Avenue Bridge?
The Simpson Avenue Bridge, which spans the Hoquiam River, was last painted 22 years ago 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 built in 1927 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
Summer 2015: Work begins
End of 2015: Project completed
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|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
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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
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