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Lewis and Clark Bridge painting, lane closures on hold for winter

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Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Contact: Denys Tak, WSDOT project engineer, 1-800-545-1393 (Kelso)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057 (Vancouver)

LONGVIEW – Travelers get a four-month reprieve from traffic disruptions necessary for crews to safely paint the Lewis and Clark Bridge. On Tuesday, Nov.13, workers removed traffic cones from State Route 433 between Longview, Wash., and Rainier, Ore., and suspended weather-dependent bridge painting for the winter.

For the past eight months, contractor crews with Odyssey/Geronimo JV of Houston, Pa., have been removing old paint and rust from the bridge and coating its steel beams with several new layers of protective paint. They completed painting the south and center sections of the mile-long, cantilever bridge, and the entire painting project is more than two-thirds complete.

Several sections of the steel structure will remain wrapped in cables through the winter. The cables form the framework for containment platforms that will enclose workers and materials when painting resumes next year.

When crews return in the spring, they will focus work on the north end of the bridge, where degrading paint is still visible from the roadway. The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2013.

A height restriction of 16.5 feet has been in effect on the bridge since work began in 2010 and will remain until the project is complete.

Funding for the $40 million painting project includes $12.3 million in federal funding through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is the third and final contract in a series of projects to restore and preserve the historic Lewis and Clark Bridge. The 83-year-old bridge spans the Columbia River and carries 21,000 vehicles a day. 


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