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Grand Avenue Park Bridge Project Updates

Posted on: October 17, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Grand Avenue Park Bridge August/September 2018 Construction Update


  • Paving of West Marine View Drive.
  • Removal of traffic control on West Marine View Drive.
  • Installation and welding of pipelines in the utility shaft.
  • PUD installed electrical service to the tower for the elevator.
  • Sandblasting of patterns on exterior of tower will conclude this week.

In Process

  • The Phase 2 construction package for installation of pipelines in West Marine View Drive, from the bridge to 14th Street, is currently out for bids. Bid Opening will be on September 18. Contract is for 75 working days.
  • Reviews and approvals of bridge steel shop drawings, bridge lighting, and mock-up of the guard rail.
  • Steel bridge pieces are being manufactured and then assembled in a large bay at the mill in Vancouver, Washington. The Washington State Department of Transportation is inspecting this process.
  • The contractor is awaiting approval of the Bridge Erection Plan from BNSF Railway. The anticipated weight of the portion of the bridge to be lifted into place is 725,000 lbs. Application was also made for widening the private railroad crossing to 50 feet for the bridge erection.


  • Hydroseeding and hydromulching at the park is anticipated for mid-September. Removal of heavier items at the park is dependent on resolution of the operator strike.
  • Frontier will be installing a crossing of West Marine View Drive for elevator communication. This work will involve lane closures.
  • The elevator is scheduled for delivery the first week of September and installation will begin.
  • Completion of roofing for the tower. This work is affected by the operator strike and may experience delays.
  • Suspension of the bridge construction is tentatively scheduled from October through February. Per the provisions in the contract, a contract suspension was allowed due to the number and size of steel members to be manufactured. Erection of the bridge is now anticipated for Spring 2019.

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