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Puget Island Bridge work begins Friday, March 9 with osprey nest relocation; construction to start in April

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 15:03

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2056

Learn more about project at open house Wednesday, March 21

PUGET ISLAND – Preservation work on the State Route 409 Puget Island Bridge is just around the corner, with work to relocate the osprey nest starting Friday, March 9, and an open house planned for later this month.

On Wednesday, March 21, the Washington State Department of Transportation will host an informational open house to highlight what travelers can expect during work to replace the bridge deck and repaint the structure.

Puget Island Bridge open house information
5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21
Where: Norse Hall, 144 State Hwy 409, Puget Island
Details: This is a drop-in open house, so residents can attend anytime during the event. WSDOT staff will be available to discuss the construction schedule and traffic details that will affect all users of the highway.

Osprey nest relocation

Daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 9, as well as Tuesday, March 13 through Thursday, March 15: In preparation for construction work, contractor crews will temporarily relocate the osprey nest from the top of the bridge to a newly constructed platform. During the relocation, traffic on both directions of the highway will alternate through a single-lane of the bridge. The work is weather dependent.

Construction work begins in April
Bridge painting is scheduled to begin in April, with deck replacement work tentatively slated to begin this summer. Overnight bridge closures will be needed while crews remove the worn asphalt and aged timber decking to install a new deck. WSDOT is working with local emergency services to ensure emergency access on and off the island during closures of the bridge.

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