By guest blogger Mike Westbay
(The Bristol Fill bridge is also known locally as the Taylor Bridge.)
What happens when we can see daylight through the holes in a bridge deck built in 1937? We close the bridge and hire a contractor to rip up the deck and put down a new one.
|Concrete and steel
gets ripped up in preparation for a|
new bridge deck on SR 10 near Cle Elum.
Since a nearby section of I-90 was completed in 1967, SR 10 has become a quiet, scenic route enjoyed mostly by locals and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Our bridge inspectors have monitored the deteriorating bridge deck conditions for years. In the last five to 10 years, the bridge deck deteriorated significantly, requiring constant structural safety monitoring and frequent repairs. The deteriorated condition required the entire length of the bridge deck to be replaced.
|Crews have been patching
holes in the SR 10 bridge deck|
for a decade.
For more history on SR 10 and I-90 visit: I-90 – Snoqualmie Pass East – History or get the book, “Snoqualmie Pass from Indian Trail to Interstate,” by Yvonne Prater.