Posted on September 22, 2016
In 2013, a contract was awarded to replace the two lane bridge with a new 4 lane cable-stayed bridge. Newly built westbound lanes were opened to two-way traffic on November 29, 2015. On January 10, 2016, 40 bolts connecting the girder to the shoe plate and the Northwest bearing broke, causing the end of the bridge to raise about 600mm.
Reasons The Bolts Broke:
Permanent retrofit will now be installed which will allow for components to be inspected, maintained, and replaced with minimum interruption to traffic.
Emergency detour route assessment is underway. Field and geotechnical assessment is needed to move this development forward.
SPRING 2017 - TARGET COMPLETION RETROFIT
FALL 2017 - OPEN BRIDGE TO 4 LANES OF TRAFFIC
EMERGENCY ROUTE PLANNING AND ASSESSMENTS REQUIRE APPROXIMATELY 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE
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