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Commissioners call for bids on new West Cashmere Bridge

WENATCHEE – The Board of Chelan County Commissioners have called for bids to be received on the West Cashmere Bridge Replacement Project, the largest project the county’s road department has ever undertaken.

The $25.5 million project will replace the West Cashmere Bridge, commonly called the Goodwin Road bridge by locals. Construction is expected to cost between $15 million and $20 million and take about 20 months.

“We had a pre-ad showing on Dec. 4 at the bridge that garnered a lot of interest from contractors around the state,” said Eric Pierson, director/county engineer of Chelan County Public Works. “This project is one that will greatly benefit the Cashmere community, maintaining the only overhead crossing of the railroad in and around Cashmere.”

Built in 1929, the West Cashmere Bridge has been identified as a fracture critical, functionally obsolete structure. It has both height and weight restrictions, prohibiting freight trucks, school buses and some emergency response vehicles from using it. If it is not replaced, engineers estimate it will need to be severely restricted or even closed by 2022.

The US 2/97 Cashmere Area Transportation Study, completed in 2015, recommended to county commissioners that the bridge be replaced, rather than permanently closed, close to its current alignment. In 2016, TranTech Engineering, LLC, of Bellevue was then hired to design the new replacement bridge.

Bids will be received until Feb. 4, when they will be opened at the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. A contractor is expected to be on board in February, and construction started in March with the demolition of the existing bridge. The bridge also will be closed to all traffic beginning in March.

For updates to the call for bids process, watch the Chelan County Public Works bidding page.

The bridge replacement project is being paid for by a mix of private, county, state and federal dollars.

“With the call for bids, we can’t help but be reminded of the support we’ve received to get us to this point,” Pierson said. “From the local support of Crunch Pak to the support of our legislators, including Sen. Brad Hawkins, Rep. Mike Steele and Rep. Keith Goehner, we’re grateful for the partnerships we have formed over the course of the planning of this project.”

Funding includes:

 

Project Total

                          $25,500,000

AWARDED

 

Bridge Replacement Advisory Council

$12,000,000

Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board

$3,000,000

Rural Arterial Program

$2,500,000

Legislative Discretionary (WSDOT)

$2,000,000

Statewide Transportation Block Grant Program

$2,450,037

Highway Improvement Program

$149,963

Private (Crunch Pak)

$150,000

WSDOT (NC Region)

$270,650

Chelan County

$2,979,350

 

Last Updated: 01/27/2020 04:44 PM

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