CHOKEPOINTS

Crews overcome big challenges during critical bridge work in Everett

Nov 2, 2015, 12:37 PM | Updated: Nov 3, 2015, 10:55 am

Everett’s Broadway Bridge was supposed to stay closed until March of next year, but the proje...

Everett's Broadway Bridge was supposed to stay closed until March of next year, but the project has gone so well it's going to wrap up nearly three months early. (Chris Sullivan/KIRO Radio)

(Chris Sullivan/KIRO Radio)

The former Broadway Bridge in Everett, shown here, needed to be completely replaced, from underground up.

Everett’s Broadway Bridge was supposed to stay closed until March of next year, but the project has gone so well it’s going to wrap up nearly three months early.

“This is the way we like to see them go, that’s for sure,” said Ryan Sass, Everett’s city engineer. “You love to be able to have a good set of plans, a good contractor, have the weather cooperate. Just hats off to my traffic folks because they really did a great job on a detour route.”

Everett closed Broadway to replace the 102-year-old steel bridge over the railroad tracks just north of Hewitt Avenue, cutting Everett essentially in half.

Tell us what slows you down each day

“The detour route was very effective, caused very little problems. We’re real pleased to see how it worked and be at the end of it now,” Sass said. There were never any big delays around the project.

Sass says the bridge is now all concrete and ready for decades of use.

“It was definitely at or beyond the end of its useful life. There wasn’t any structural elements that could be reused,” he explained. “It’s a completely new structure from the foundation below ground up.”

One of the big challenges of this project was the workers had to work around the train schedule. They could only work for a limited time before clearing the construction zone for the trains.

One side of the bridge looks higher than the other, which at first glance looks like an optical illusion. However, Sass says it was designed that way to give maximum clearance to the trains.

Cars, bikes and pedestrians should be able to use the bridge before the end of the year. There are some final touches left to do.

The contractor will earn a $50,000 bonus for finishing early.

Chokepoints

toll increase...

Chris Sullivan

Tolls increase on multiple highways, WSDOT repairing I-90’s expansion joint

It's a Tuesday grab bag. There are big changes coming to I-90 near Mercer Island and Bellevue, and the toll rates go up this week on I-405 and SR 167.

1 day ago

Cars drive across the I-90 floating bridge....

Nate Connors

I-90 in Bellevue to close at night this week for road work

The late work will have up to three lanes closed on I-90 east between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

2 days ago

Montlake lid...

Chris Sullivan

Inside SR 520’s safety system in Montlake

I had the chance to get on the new 520 Montlake Lid and check out some of the hidden features and safety systems.

6 days ago

I-90, Mercer Island...

Chris Sullivan

Failing expansion joint continues to plague I-90 on Mercer Island

So why is it taking so long to fix the I-90 expansion joint on the freeway on Mercer Island?

8 days ago

fab freight transit lane...

Chris Sullivan

SDOT experiments with freight/transit lane

A F-A-B lane is a freight and bus lane. It's a lane that commercial trucks and buses can share to improve the overall flow of traffic.

13 days ago

I-5 connection...

Chris Sullivan

Tacoma HOV expansion leaves 8-mile gap

The HOV expansion through Tacoma wrapped up last year, but it left an eight-mile gap.

15 days ago

Crews overcome big challenges during critical bridge work in Everett