FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2010
Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager
Big Beef Bridge repairs take one more week
(Port Orchard) –
The repairs on the Big Beef Creek Bridge are going to take longer than
originally thought, Public Works officials said today. Challenges at the
work site have added about a week to the repairs, with the bridge now
scheduled to open February 19th.
Quigg Brothers, Inc. began work to replace the approach on the west side
January 28th, days after Public Works crews discovered damage to the
bridge abutment there. Tidal flows and storm surges had caused erosion
behind the abutment that supports the bridge. The repairs were expected
to take two weeks to complete. “During the work some challenges were
encountered that delayed completing the repairs,” according to Jon
Brand, County Engineer.
The work included demolishing a single 40-ton block of concrete, then
hauling it from the site. This phase of the project took longer than
anticipated. The demolition work was completed February 4th. The project
also required significant work below ordinary high water. Recent high
tides in early February limited the time available for this type of
work. The in-stream and below high water work was completed February
Work this week focuses on assembling forms for the concrete pour for the
approach slab to the bridge. That pour is scheduled for this Thursday
February 11th. In most concrete applications you need to cure the
material for ten days. “We are working with the structural engineer and
concrete supplier to add accelerating agents to the concrete which will
maintain structural integrity with a shorter cure time,” said Brand.
Once the approach slab cures work on the traffic barrier and asphalt
paving can be completed.
While some work has taken place at night to take advantage of tidal
conditions, the County elected to not engage in rock drilling, pile
driving operations or major excavation work after dark. “Overnight work
can be very disruptive to local residents, usually adds costs, and can
create increase risks to workers,” said Brand. “ We recognize that this
road closure is a major inconvenience for residents and businesses,”
said Brand. “We want to complete the repairs as quickly as we can while
ensuring quality workmanship and protecting public safety,” he said.
Updated information is posted to the County’s Road Report (www.kitsapgov.com/pw/roadwork.htm)