SR 409 - Columbia River Bridge at Puget Island - Deck Replacement and Painting

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  • Contract awarded to Royal Bridge, Inc. on February 5, 2018

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.

Contractor crews will  install a new bridge deck and repaint the structure. The work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled due to rain or strong winds. 

What can travelers expect?

Construction work began in April, 2018

  • Beginning Monday, April 16, until further notice: Traffic on both directions of the SR 409 - Puget Island Bridge, will alternate through a single-lane of the highway. Note: During single lane closures, no overwidth loads are permitted across the bridge. 
  • Overnight bridge closures will be needed while crews remove the worn asphalt and aged timber decking to install a new deck. These total bridge closures will occur 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. WSDOT is working with local emergency services to ensure emergency access on and off the island during closures of the bridge. The Wahkiakum County Ferry will run during the bridge closure hours. Travelers can use the Wahkiakum County Ferry free of charge during the closures.
  • In observance of all nationally recognized holidays, the Puget Island Garage Sale and Bald Eagle Days, crews will open both lanes of the bridge to travelers.

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.

Osprey next relocation
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 preparation for construction work, contractor crews temporarily relocated the osprey nest from the top of the bridge to a newly constructed platform. 

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.

Project Benefits

  • 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.


  • Summer 2016: Design phase scheduled to begin.
  • Fall 2017: Project goes to competitive bidding.
  • Spring 2018: Construction scheduled to begin.
  • Spring 2021: Project scheduled to be complete.


Financial Data for PIN 440912P, 440920D
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $5,807
CWA $11,356
Total $17,163


Joanna Lowrey
WSDOT Project Engineer
Phone: 360-442-1350

Tamara Greenwell
WSDOT Communications
Phone: 360-905-2056

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SR 409 Puget Island deck replacement and painting
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Osprey nest
Osprey nest on top of the SR 409 Puget Island Bridge.