SR 409 - Columbia River Bridge at Puget Island - Deck Replacement and Painting

Project news

What can travelers expect?

Beginning Monday, April 16, until further notice: Traffic on both directions of the SR 409 - Puget Island Bridge, will alternate through a single-lane of the highway, around-the-clock until the project is completed.

Why is WSDOT painting the bridge and replacing the bridge deck?
Originally built in 1938, the aging Puget Island Bridge (officially known as the Julia Butler Hansen Bridge) connects Puget Island to Cathlamet in Wahkiakum County.

The paint on the narrow steel truss bridge is flaking and peeling away, exposing the steel to the elements, which results in rust and corrosion. Portions of  the timber bridge deck are deteriorating and in need of repair.

Contractor crews will  install a new bridge deck and repaint the structure. The work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled due to rain or strong winds. 

Osprey next relocation
WSDOT’s bridges are home to many species of wildlife and the SR 409 Puget Island Bridge is no exception. Ospreys have historically nested near the center of the steel superstructure. In preparation for construction work, contractor crews temporarily relocated the osprey nest from the top of the bridge to a newly constructed platform. 

The End Result
Painting the bridge and replacing its deck will preserve the bridge's structural integrity, restoring this important transportation connection and prolonging the life of the bridge.

Project Benefits

  • Preservation: The fresh coat of paint and repaired deck will help prevent future corrosion to the steel, preserving the bridge’s structural integrity.
  • Economic: This project helps maintain a vital transportation connection, allowing the bridge to continue handling traffic for years to come.


  • Summer 2016: Design phase began.
  • Fall 2017: Project goes to competitive bidding.
  • February 5, 2018: Contract awarded to Royal Bridge, Inc.
  • Spring 2018: Construction began.
  • Spring 2021: Project scheduled to be complete.


Financial Data for PIN 440912P, 440920D
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $5,807
CWA $11,356
Total $17,163


Joanna Lowrey
WSDOT Project Engineer
Phone: 360-442-1350

Tamara Greenwell
WSDOT Communications
Phone: 360-905-2056

Project map

SR 409 Puget Island deck replacement and painting
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Osprey nest
Osprey nest on top of the SR 409 Puget Island Bridge.