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Contractor selected to build new SR 9 bridge in northern Snohomish County

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Date:  Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Contact: Dustin Terpening, WSDOT communications, 360-757-5997 (Burlington)
Dave Crisman, project engineer, 360-848-7103 (Mount Vernon)

Low bid comes in $3.3 million below construction estimates

ARLINGTON – Bids to replace the one-lane, 96-year-old Pilchuck Creek bridge on State Route 9 in northern Snohomish County came in well below construction estimates. With 12 companies submitting bids, competition for the multi-million-dollar contract was aggressive.

The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded the contract to Granite Construction, the low-bidder, for $8.9 million to build the new, wider, safer bridge.

WSDOT engineers’ estimates for a new two-lane bridge were approximately $12.2 million. Thanks to a hungry construction market, though, taxpayers and WSDOT will save roughly $3.3 million.

Today, yield signs let drivers take turns crossing the narrow, 17-foot-wide bridge. In 2013, crews will begin building a 36-foot-wide replacement bridge with two lanes and shoulders to improve safety and traffic flow on SR 9. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2014.

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