Council receives update presentation on Woodin Avenue Bridge Project

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Planning on tThe Woodin Avenue Bridge Project is 90 percent complete with bidding slated to go out in April. Project completion is estimated for November

by Richard Uhlhorn

City Council received a 90 percent design presentation on the Woodin Avenue Bridge design work being conducted by Dan Ireland, SCJ Alliance, at its Tuesday, February 13 City Council meeting. “We are kinda in the home stretch,” Ireland told the Council.

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Dan Ireland with SCJ Alliance updated the City Council
on project planning for the Woodin Avenue Bridge Project.

The presentation updated the Council on Funding, construction traffic control methods, construction schedule, and communication methods during the upcoming Woodin Avenue Bridge project slated to begin this April.

The project will incorporate three different segments into one construction project that is scheduled to be completed by November, 2018. It includes a new waterline underneath the bridge, restoration of the bridge structure itself and repaving of the road surface. The Woodin Avenue Bridge is also slated to become a one-way road

The primary goal of the project is to limit disturbance to the general public and local businesses.

“We are still asking for input,” said Ireland who indicated they would start advertising for the project in April. “It’s going to impact our larger contractors in the area,” he said.

Councilman Tim Hollingsworth asked, “Have you been communicating with Campbell’s about work hours and so forth?” Ireland replied that they have been communicating with the most impacted businesses and will attempt to offset any issues as much as possible.

Councilwoman Erin McCardle, who is also the new executive director of the HCDA (Historic Chelan Downtown Association), asked to be added to an email list on project updates so she can keep the downtown businesses informed about any issues that might crop up that will affect them during the construction process. “We will communicate with the public about the ongoing work so there are no surprises,” said Ireland.

The bridge will be usable throughout most of the project with only several segments of the construction project shutting it down completely.

The funding for the restoration of the bridge structure is from federal dollars. It has been preliminarily approved to combine the waterline project with the one-way project that have independent environmental permitting processes into one construction project which will allow the City to work with an additional $250,000 TIB grant funding.

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Proposed Construction schedule:

April/May – Bidding and Contracting
June through November – Bridge Restoration work
June – Phase 1 Waterline work
July – Phase 2 Southside waterline work
August – Phase 3 East Columbia and West Columbia.
September – Paving
October/November- Project Wrap-up.

It is estimated that there will be eight bridge closures during the month of June and four during the month of September.

Construction schedules will be updated weekly by Email, city website and social mediaChelan_1200px_280px

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