CENTRALIA – After a three-month shutdown to fabricate materials, work to replace the traffic signal at State Route 507 and Reynolds Avenue resumes Monday, March 3. …read more
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MENLO – Drivers on State Route 6 at the Willapa River Bridge will encounter 10 weeks of around-the-clock single-lane traffic beginning this week. Drivers can expect five-minute delays while an automated signal alternates traffic across the bridge.
Reducing SR 6 to a single lane allows crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation to rebuild the highway so it meets up with a newly constructed bridge just 12 feet southwest of the existing one.
Crews plan to shift single-lane traffic to the new bridge in late March and then start demolishing the existing, 85-year-old steel-truss bridge.
This work is part of WSDOT’s project to replace the SR 6 Willapa River Bridge with a wider, more modern structure. The project is expected to be complete this summer.
The Washington State Patrol reports just after 1 p.m. Monday a 2005 Chevy Blazer failed to negotiate the corner on State Route 12 near Devonshire road, spun out of control, went through the cable barrier and came to rest in the median. A 3 year old, and two Montesano women in the vehicle, aged 19 and 18 were not injured. The driver was cited for speeding too fast for conditions.
It’s not quite spring, but starting Monday, Feb. 3, Washington State Department of Transportation crews will be doing some heavy cleaning on three steel bridges in Cowlitz and Lewis counties.
The State Route 4 Peter Crawford, State Route 433 Lewis and Clark, and the northbound Interstate 5 Cowlitz River bridges will all get a scrubbing over the next two months.
Over time, bridges accumulate various substances that can damage the structure, including dirt, mildew, road spray, chemicals, and bird and animal feces. A regular washing cycle can reduce damage and help improve the efficiency of WSDOT’s rigorous bridge inspection program.
“Cleaning off the grime means we get less rust, paint lasts longer and the bridge stays in better shape overall,” said WSDOT Bridge Supervisor Mike London. “Clean bridges are also easier to inspect, which helps us keep them in good repair and safe for drivers.”
Bridge washing timelines and traffic impacts
SR 4 Peter Crawford Bridge
• Mondays-Thursdays, Feb. 3-20
• Single-lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge
• Mondays-Fridays, Feb. 10-March 20
• Narrow lanes, no over-width loads from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Delays of up to 30 minutes
Northbound I-5 Cowlitz River Bridge
• Saturdays and Sundays, March 1-16
• Single-lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 63-year-old Peter Crawford Bridge carries SR 4 over the Cowlitz River in Kelso. Crews will clean debris from the structure by hand and then use a low pressure, high volume water hose to wash the bridge from top to bottom.
The 84-year-old SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge between Longview and Rainier, Ore. was recently painted and does not need to be hand-cleaned. WSDOT crews will wash all of the steel elements in and below the bridge deck. The superstructure – the latticed steel above the roadway – will not be washed this year.
Two side-by-side structures carry I-5 over the Cowlitz River in southern Lewis County. This year, crews will wash only the northbound bridge. Like the Peter Crawford Bridge, the 61-year-old northbound I-5 Cowlitz River Bridge must be hand-cleaned before it can be washed.
Through its comprehensive bridge program, WSDOT cares for nearly 3,500 bridges and structures statewide. Crews regularly inspect and perform spot cleaning and repairs, and regular overall cleanings help further protect taxpayers’ investments in our state transportation system.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is looking back at 2013, and tells KBKW crews made major progress building the new SR 520 corridor last year. From multiple pontoon float-outs in Aberdeen and Tacoma to nearing completion of the highway’s Eastside enhancements to preparing for the next phase of construction in Seattle, the past year was busy.
The department has compiled all the 2013 highlights in a year-in-review newsletter. You can find several notable accomplishments “By The Numbers,” from bridge anchors set on the bed of Lake Washington (58) to girders set for new Eastside overpasses (more than 300!). You’ll also see the key milestones reached each month, from January through December.
2014 promises to be just as busy. This spring, the fourth cycle of completed pontoons from Aberdeen is expected to float out. In the summer, the new Eastside corridor should open to drivers, and construction is set to begin for the highway’s next phase in Seattle, the West Approach Bridge North. Bridge assembly will continue all year on Lake Washington, as pontoons are joined to one another to form the new floating bridge.
Crews working on the new SR 520 floating bridge took a brief pause on Jan. 14 to show their spirited support of the Seattle Seahawks and their playoff run. Workers stood atop a pier for the new east approach bridge structure in Medina and proudly draped the “12th Man” flag. Best of luck to the Seahawks this weekend as they take on the 49ers at Century Link field. Go Hawks!