8th Street Bridge Protective Screening Project

Construction Updates

April 2, 2019 -The City is happy to announce that the 8th Street Bridge Fences are complete and final project acceptance has been approved by the City Council. Thank you for your patience during this project

September 14, 2018 - Work to complete the 8th Street Bridge Fences is substantially complete today. Permanent fencing is now substantially complete on both bridges and traffic is now open to both east and west bound traffic. 

September 4, 2018 - The first fence fabric on the bridge over Valley is installed.  A clear picture of what the curved fencing will look like has emerged on the bridge over Valley. Installation of braces and fence rails, over Tumwater begins. 

August 30, 2018 - Installation of braces and fence rails, including the curved top over Valley begins.  The first fence fabric on the bridge over Valley is scheduled to be installed Thursday afternoon or Friday.

August 22, 2018 - Core drilling and setting posts continues on the north side of both bridges.  Fence rails and fabric is scheduled to be installed next week. 

August 17, 2018 - Beginning today at about 3pm westbound traffic will be shifted to the south side lanes of the bridges.  You may have a feeling that you're traveling abroad (driving on the "wrong" side of the road) while you cross the bridges.  Please remember to slow down and obey the 20 mph speed limit through the work zone.

August 9, 2018 - The Contractor is setting posts for the new pedestrian fence on the bridge over Valley Creek. Next week posts will be set on the bridge over Tumwater Creek.   

August 1, 2018 - Work to drill post holes in the existing concrete barriers continue on both 8th Street Bridges and existing pedestrian rail continues to be removed.  

July 25, 2018 - The Contractor is preparing the bridge to core drill for new fence posts by removing old pedestrian railing, removing bolts, and temporarily setting the old pedestrian rail back into place.   This preparation work will speed up post drilling which is scheduled to start Monday July 30th.   

July 23, 2018 - The Contractor will begin mobilization of equipment today to install new pedestrian fencing.  Expect construction workers to be installing temporary signs on the sides of the road.  Please "Give Them A Brake" when you see construction workers.  The eastbound travel lane will be closed beginning Tuesday July 24, 2018 when temporary construction fencing is delivered and installed to protect the work area.  

April 3, 2018 -  City Council approved the award of a construction contract to Interwest Construction of Sequim, WA in the amount of $770,770.   Three bids were received and opened on March 27, 2018, Interwest Construction was the low responsive bidder.  

Project Background

In January, 2018, the City Council authorized the design and construction of protective screening for both 8th Street bridges. The installation of protective screening is a top priority for the Port Angeles community and the public is, and will continue to be, actively involved and deeply invested in the project.

In an unprecedented display of emotion, the Port Angeles community has come together to develop a solution and assist with construction costs. The community has made generous donations and have implemented many fundraising events. Additionally, at the request of residents, the City is accepting monetary and in-kind donations. Any excess community-donated funds will be given to Peninsula Behavioral Health in Port Angeles to be used for suicide prevention programs.

The City’s design consultant, Sargent Engineers, provided the design for the fence. The chain link fencing will be attached to the top of the existing bridge and will be curved to represent our Olympic Mountains. The project went out to bid in March and be constructed throughout the summer months. Total cost of the project is estimated at $1.0 million.