Richardson Creek Bridge 300 Replacement

September 2019 Update

Snohomish County Public Works is in the preliminary stages of design for the Richardson Creek Bridge. The public is invited to attend an Open House to learn about the new design for Richardson Creek Bridge project and provide comments.


            Event: Richardson Creek Bridge 300 Open House

            Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

            Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

            Location: Salem Woods Elementary, 12802 Wagner Road, Monroe, WA 98272


Description

Richardson Creek Bridge 300 is located at milepost 0.67 on Woods Creek Road northeast of Monroe. The existing short span bridge was built in 1961 and does not support the current traffic needs of the area. The current bridge is 18 feet long and 22 feet wide, with precast concrete girders, and supported on timber piles.


Design

The proposed replacement bridge will improve mobility for the nearly 6000 daily vehicles using this arterial road by widening the bridge deck. The new design adds sidewalks and bike lanes for active transportation. The proposed new bridge will be lengthened to remove structure supports from the flood waters of Richardson Creek. It will also help fish passage at the site.


Engineering and design for the Richardson Creek Bridge replacement is in process.


Traffic Impacts

Replacing Bridge 300 will disrupt the flow of the 6000 vehicle trips each day across this bridge. Project cost, worker safety, commute times and construction duration are important considerations. The county is evaluating several options for bridge replacement and managing vehicle traffic during the construction phase, including:

  • Option 1: Provide a full road closure that is safer for construction, but requires detouring all traffic around the project site. The proposed detour route utilizes Ingraham Road, 132nd St. SE, and Wagner Road.
  • Option 2: Build the bridge in two stages, one half at a time. The daily impact to commuters may be reduced, but the construction would last longer.

The construction of this project is estimated to begin in 2021 pending permitting approval. 


Funding

Funding has been secured for the replacement bridge. It includes 85% federal funding from the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and 15% from the Snohomish County Roads Fund. The total project cost is estimated at approximately $2.1 million.