Washington Street Bridge
[ Opened Friday, July 31 @ 11:37 AM]
RESTRICTION UPDATE - Beginning Monday, October 19, 2009, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the WSB will be reduced to one lane for sealing of the pedestrian wall and parapet wall. The restriction will be in place until Thursday, October 22, 2009. Flaggers will be in place to maintain traffic during the restriction.
The concrete sealant is temperature sensitive and must be applied during the maximum daylight.
Weekly Update - Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28
This week, crews began to apply the intermediate and surface course from Pier 7 to Pier 5. As well, the paint crew worked on sealing the superstructure (flanges, beams).
Weekly Update - Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21
Beginning on Monday, August 17, the painting crews began applying the intermediate and surface course from the forward abutment to Pier 7. Crews also worked on sealing concrete piers 3,4, and 5. As well, the final section of pedestrian sidewalk was poured this week. Crews also began to blast and prime the bridge from Pier 7 to Pier 5.
Next week, crews will be sealing the superstructure (beams, flanges) and begin to blast and prime from the rear abutment to Pier 1.
Weekly Update - Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14
The paint crew began blasting from the forward abutment to pier 7. Crews have twenty-four hours to apply the prime coat once they have completed the blasting. Also, concrete will be poured on the final sections of the sidewalk.
Weekly Update - Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7
Although crews have finished the major modernization of the WSB, crews were still busy this week installing the final section of pedestrian handrail, forming a small retaining wall on the west side, installing curb ramps, and preparing the beams for painting. Next week, travelers can expect the painting crews to blast and prime the forward abutment to pier 7.
Weekly Update - Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24
Crews will start forming the pedestrian wall in preparation for concrete. Also, crews will start working on the west side approach slab. There will be some small pours to finish the parapet walls. Crews will finish installing the rubberized section of the expansion joints. The expansion joints are designed to withstand heavy traffic volumes and diverse weather conditions.
On Sunday, July 26th, crews will profile the deck to ensure a smooth and consistent ride.
Weekly Update - Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17
This week will consist mostly of pouring concrete on the roadway pavement on the east side beginning Wednesday. Multiple pours on the parapet walls should begin Monday or Tuesday and last until the following week. Finally, crews will finish pouring the east side of the roadway and walls.
Special Update - Wednesday, July 1
At approximately 8:00 PM on Tuesday night, June 30th, crews began pouring the new concrete deck on the WSB. Using two pumper trucks, crews pumped 1,000 cubic yards of concrete for over twelve hours. Crews finished the pour Wednesday morning, July 1st, and have covered the concrete with burlap sacks to allow the deck to cure for seven days.
Click on the link NEW!!! WSB Deck Pour Video above to see the deck pouring process.
Weekly Update - Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26
Monday morning crews poured the first section of the deck starting from the forward abutment to Pier 7. Crews starting pouring the deck around 4:30 AM and finished about 9:00 AM. Crews are still installing rebar across the main span and installing the steel decking from Pier 7 to the rear abutment. Continue to look for flaggers on Front St. and Gilman Ave.
Friday, crews did a dry run of the Bidwell to analyze rebar clearance and test for proper deck height. The main span will be poured on Tuesday, June 30th beginning 7:00 PM. There may be possible delays on Gilman Ave and Front St. to allow concrete trucks through the construction site.
Weekly Update - Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19
Crews have removed the entire deck from the forward abutment to Pier 7 and should have the rest removed this week. The approach slab on the forward abutment has been removed and crews will be framing the new abutment for concrete this week. All light poles and guardrails have been removed. As well, the concrete walkway is currently being removed with jackhammers. Flaggers have been on Front St and Gilman Ave to help with the flow of traffic during construction.
The steel decking is being installed as crews prepare for pouring concrete by end of week, weather permitting. Crews have also begun structual repairs to the bridge.
Weekly Update - Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12
Night work will begin at 12:01 AM on June 8th. However, the work will include light preparation such as setting detour signage, setting up barrels and cones, and other low-impact activity.
Initial work will begin on the north side of the bridge from the forward abutment to Pier 7. Crews will focus on removing the old railing and light posts, cutting and removing the deck, and removing the approach slab and cross frames.
Preparation for Closure
The prep work includes plate repairs, removing rivets, installing scaffolding for painting, installing utility supports, and removing the old drainage system. Most recently, crews have installed a wooden platform across Front Street, Gilman Ave., and the walking trail to protect travelers during construction.
Message Board Locations and Delays
Be aware, once bridge is closed there will be some delays on Gilman Ave., Front St., and ramps onto and off of Gilman Ave. There will be detour message boards at the following locations: I-77 southbound before exit 6 and exit 1, northbound on I-77 before exit 1, southbound on SR 60 before 821 exit (coming from Devola), southbound on SR 7 near Wal-Mart, and eastbound on US 50 at 2.7 mile marker.
If visiting Marietta from out of town, please be advised that the bridge closure will not impact any businesses or store fronts throughout Marietta, Harmar or surrounding communities. All businesses will remain open.
Look for weekly updates in The Marietta Times every Saturday and online. See what crews will be working on each week and how it may impact your travels.
Project Overview: The Washington Street Bridge is vital for many drivers as over 16,000 vehicles utilize the bridge daily. Repairs will focus on the resurfacing of lanes, deck replacement, upgrade to railing and sidewalk, and minor structural repair to ensure safer road conditions and increase aesthetics. In an effort to integrate a multi-modal system, the sidewalk will be accessible to wheelchairs and pedestrians.
Project Cost: $7,084,050
Construction Company: The Ruhlin Company
Construction Times: 7am - 10pm & low-impact night work beginning midnight on June 8th
Project Bid Date: February 25, 2009
Project End Date: October 31, 2009
Important Information: Complete closure of the bridge will begin June 8, 2009 and will last no more than 60 days. As well, from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction is allowed up to August 17, 2009.