I-5 - 13th St Bridge - Replace NB Span

Project news

  • On June 1, 2020 - this project was awarded to Farline Bridge, Inc. 

In summer 2020, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Washington, will begin working to replace the damaged northbound span of the 13th Street overpass which spans over I-5, near Chehalis, in Lewis County. 

Needs & benefits

On Oct. 5. 2019, an over height load was traveling northbound on I-5 when it struck and damaged the overpass. Following a thorough examination of the overpass by WSDOT bridge crews, it was determined that when the over height load struck the bridge it caused significant structural damage to two of the girders. Due to the extent of the structural damage, it was determined that the entire northbound span must be replaced. Additionally, traffic was revised across the bridge span, restricting traffic from traveling over the damaged girders. However, replacing the northbound overpass span will ensure that folks can travel safely across the highway, in Lewis County for many more years to come.  

On Nov. 14, 2019, Governor Inslee declared a State of Emergency as a result of the above mentioned situation, and directed the plans and procedures in the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented, directing WSDOT to utilize state resources to do everything reasonably possible to respond and recover from this incident. 

Timeline 

  • June 1, 2020: Project was awarded to Farline Bridge, Inc. 
  • Late summer/early fall 2020: Construction is scheduled to begin* 
  • Winter 2020: Project scheduled for completion*

Funding 

The estimated cost of this project is approximately $1 million dollars

*With the shutdown of construction work due to COVID-19, we don’t yet know how this will affect the schedule.

Contact 

Colin Newell
WSDOT Project Engineer
360-740-8600
swChehalis@wsdot.wa.gov

Celeste Dimichina
WSDOT Communications
360-905-2057
celeste.dimichina@wsdot.wa.gov

I-5 - 13th Street Bridge - Replace Northbound Span project location