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County awards $19.3 million contract to build new Cashmere bridge

A $19.3 million contract was awarded to SB Structures of Seattle for the construction of the new West Cashmere Bridge.

The Chelan County Board of County Commissioners awarded the construction contract on Feb. 25 at its regular board meeting. The award comes at the recommendation of Chelan County Public Works, which will work with SB Structures, a veteran bridge builder, to formalize a contract.

“With a contractor now on board, demolition of the current bridge will get underway this spring,” said Eric Pierson, director/county engineer of Chelan County Public Works. “When opened late next year, the new bridge will be accessible to all traffic, from school buses and fire engines to freight and ag-related haulers. It will be an asset to the growing Cashmere community.”

Construction on the project, estimated to cost $25.5 million overall, will take about 20 months to complete. The bridge is being paid for with a mix of federal, state, local and private dollars.

An open house planned for March 24 has been cancelled. The decision to cancel the open house follows a recommendation by the Chelan-Douglas Health District that agencies cancel in-person group events to help reduce the spread and effects of COVID-19. A virtual open house is being planned. Please watch for updates on the project's website.

Commonly called the Goodwin Road bridge, the old bridge will be removed and demolished this spring and through the summer. Work this year also includes the construction of a temporary work trestle   and the construction of the bridge’s substructure. The new bridge’s north approach will expand over Highway 97/2 and include a roundabout at Hay Canyon Road. The new bridge is anticipated to be open to the public in late 2021.

The 91-year-old bridge is being replaced after studies and inspections determined it is 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. Design of the new bridge started in 2016.

For updates on the project as it progresses, watch the project’s website.

Last Updated: 04/20/2020 03:59 PM

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