City Council approved changing traffic to 1-lane in each direction to allow for demolition of the entire west bridge starting in January, 2021. This traffic configuration will last for 10 months, but will keep the project on schedule and within budget.
This means long delays will be the norm during this 10-month period, but there are also some advantages to this option:
Complete project without additional fish windows. A “fish window” is a period of time defined by the Department of Ecology when in-water work is authorized. The fish window takes into consideration salmon migration.
Majority of roadway work completed in June 2022 versus the original schedule completing by September 2022
Approximately $500,000 in cost savings
Increased safety for workers and the public
Reduced environmental impacts
Reduced night work activity
Project completed on time and within budget
The City understands that this will be a trying time for many. The City’s objective is to provide a safe, new bridge, a wonderful pedestrian promenade with 8-foot sidewalks and 8-foot bike path, new sidewalk along the east side of the corridor, new decorative street lighting, underground utilities, and a lot of new trees and landscaping to create a buffer zone and enhance visual appeal. Thank you for your continued patience as this important work is completed.
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