Bridge Completed! The new Lauridsen Boulevard bridge was officially opened to the public on Monday morning, April 14. More than 400 students and staff from Franklin Elementary School joined with local residents to open the bridge over Peabody Creek.
Sixth-grader and student body president Ella Holland helped Mayor Dan Di Guilio, Project Manager Mike Wilson of Scarsella Brothers Inc., and Exeltech Inc. President Santosh Kurvilla cut a red ribbon tied across the bridge. Craig Fulton, City of Port Angeles Director of Public Works and Utilities, presented the new bridge to the crowd.
Demolition & Construction Ceremony
The public attended a brief ceremony on Tuesday, August 13, at 10 a.m. to note the demolition of the old Lauridsen Boulevard Bridge and the start of construction to build the new bridge. The ceremony was held on the west side of the project area on Lauridsen Boulevard.
Attending from City Council was Mayor Cherie Kidd and Council Member Patrick Downie.
The Lauridsen Boulevard Bridge permanently closed on August 5, 2013. The closure is the first major step in the project as the old bridge is prepared for demolition.
The city is replacing the aging Lauridsen Blvd Bridge (built in 1969) with a single span concrete structure. The new bridge will enhance pedestrian facilities with widened sidewalks, extension of bicycle lanes across the bridge and improved turning radii at the intersection to accommodate trucks, buses and vacation vehicles.
The new bridge will look very similar to the style of the new 8th Street bridges.
The project consists of placing a traffic detour, demolition of the existing structure, foundation construction for a new bridge using 3 foot diameter shafts, 144 foot pre-stressed girder installation, concrete deck and railing construction, soldier pile walls with and without tie backs, structural earth walls, moment slabs with traffic barrier, gravel ballast, hot mix asphalt, rebuilding the existing traffic signal, storm water system improvements, and other work to complete the new alignment.
The construction contract was awarded to Scarsella Brothers Construction.
Construction Schedule & Updates
The Lauridsen Boulevard Bridge closed on Monday, August 5, to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Detours will be in place surrounding the bridge area. See map for detour routes. City traffic engineers will be monitoring traffic flow and will consider adjustments to the detour routes if necessary.
A temporary four-way stop, with advanced rumble strips, will be in place at the intersection of Race and Park Avenue.
Tentative General Construction Schedule
Start construction and close bridge - August 5, 2013