County to receive $4.1 million to upgrade or replace five bridges
Jean Singer, Public Works
Vancouver, WA – Clark County will receive $4.1 million in federal funds to replace one bridge and upgrade four other crossings to withstand earthquakes.
Federal grants also will pay to repair damage from stream erosion on two of the four bridges.
The county plans to begin design work in 2013 and complete all five projects by the end of 2015. Permitting, environmental protections and other factors can affect construction schedules.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reviewed 87 applications from counties and cities before selecting 70 projects to receive $130 million.
Clark County will replace Fifth Plain Creek Bridge, on Northeast 88th Street about a half mile east of Northeast Ward Road, at an estimated cost of $2.28 million. Federal funds will pay 80 percent of the cost, with county road funds contributing the remainder.
Four other projects will be 100 percent funded by federal grants:
• Big Tree Creek Bridge, on Northeast Lucia Falls Road near Moulton Falls, $763,400.
• Brush Prairie Bridge, across Salmon Creek on Northeast 156th Street just east of Northeast 102nd Avenue, $684,550.
• Blair Zeek Bridge, across the Little Washougal River on Northeast Blair Road about a mile east of Grove Field, $486,000.
• Van Atta Bridge, across Salmon Creek on Northeast 112th Avenue northwest of Brush Prairie, $318,725.
Clark County owns, inspects and maintains 78 bridges. Under intergovernmental agreements, Public Works also inspects another 24 bridges owned by cities.
More information on the county’s bridge program is available online at: www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/documents/BridgeReport.pdf.