Stateline Bridge To Reopen This Thursday - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Stateline Bridge To Reopen This Thursday

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The bridge over the Spokane River at Appleway Road and west of Stateline Village, ID will be reopened to traffic on Thursday, November 17th at approximately 9:00 a.m.  After two construction seasons, the new bridge is opening ahead of schedule and under budget.

The original bridge was built in 1939 and by 2010; it had reached the end of its service life.  The old bridge had several broken supports and the abutments were scouring away.  On June 1, 2010, the bridge was closed to all truck and bus traffic with loads of 10,000 pounds or more. 

Initially, the Spokane County Engineer's Office estimated that the replacing the bridge would cost approximately $17,500,000 and would take a full two years to complete.

The replacement bridge is 42-feet wide and incorporates a separated pedestrian/bike path that was designed to connect with the Centennial Trail (trail project will be completed in 2012).

"The Bridge and Construction sections of the Engineering and Roads Department have done an outstanding job.  They worked closely with environmental permitting agencies and other stakeholders, including the local kayak club to preserve river features.  The new bridge design also incorporates some architectural elements that reflect the original design from 1939," County Engineer Bob Brueggeman said.

With the bridge's reopening on Thursday morning, the County Engineering and Roads department has met its commitment to complete the project within two construction seasons.

The estimated total cost of the project is $8,000,000 – which is $9,500,000 below the original project estimate.  80-percent of the project was paid for by Federal Bridge Replacement funds with 20-percent coming from the Spokane County Road Fund.

The prime contractor for the project was Harcon Incorporated of Spokane, WA.

 

 

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