They may be nearly 20 miles apart, but two bridges spanning sections of US 101 over the Sol Duc River in Clallam County are due for similar makeovers.
Beginning Tuesday, June 13, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin an extensive effort to repaint both bridges. Crews will work on the bridges, located near mileposts 194 and 212, at roughly the same time.
“We’ll trade flaking paint and rust for a fresh, protective coat,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Chris Bruning. “This work will help preserve and protect the bridges against corrosion for 25 years.”
Crews will erect a containment system on both bridges to protect the environment from debris and paint. During the summer-long project, crews will remove the existing paint, repair or replace any damaged steel, apply new primer, and paint the trusses in evergreen.
For the duration of the project, crews will reduce US 101 to one alternating lane of traffic around the clock across both bridges. Temporary traffic signals will provide traffic control. Travelers are also advised to expect reduced speed limits of 25 mph at both sites.
The project is scheduled to be complete by fall 2017.