Replacement of the Sullivan Road Bridge southbound across the Spokane River moved another step toward construction with notification that the project was awarded $3.5 million from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).
"This bridge is more than just a way to get vehicles across the Spokane River," said Mayor Tom Towey. "It's also a critical element in our ability to keep and attract jobs in our community." About 24 percent of the estimated 29,500 vehicles using the bridge each day are commercial trucks.
Plans to replace the aging bridge, which was built in 1951, have been in the works since 2010 after an annual inspection rated the bridge as "Structurally Deficient."
Although the bridge was not in danger of collapse, the deterioration prompted weight restrictions that were posted in early 2011. Temporary repairs to help prolong the life of the bridge were completed in early 2012, allowing the restrictions to be lifted.
A total of $15.8 million toward the estimated $19.7 million needed for bridge replacement has been secured. In addition to the $3.5 million from the TIB and $2.3 million in matching funds from the City, the project was awarded an $8 million grant from the Federal Bridge Program and a $2 million grant from the Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board.
The date for a design review meeting with the community sometime in January will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information or to share input on the project, contact bridge replacement project manager Craig Aldworth at email@example.com, or 720-5001.