HOQUIAM, Wash. – Work begins at the end of the month to make repairs and to prepare the railroad bridge over the Hoquiam river for added railroad traffic. Funded by a $350,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, the project will replace the mid-river pier, damaged in a 2009 flood, with a dolphin barrier that will prevent boats from hitting the bridge.
The Washington State Department of Transportation tells KBKW the contract will be awarded to American Construction from Tacoma. Construction is expected to begin Dec. 31, 2013, and work will be completed mid-February 2014.
The Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad uses the bridge to transport goods to the Port of Grays Harbor and other nearby businesses West of the Hoquiam River and along the Hoquiam Horn Spur.