Sylvester Road Bridge Replacement Open House Is Thursday, Dec. 9th


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The City of Normandy Park will be holding an Open House informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 9th about the replacement of Sylvester Road Bridge, which is slated to close in May of next year.

Construction is expected to take place from May through December 2011, and during this time, a segment of Sylvester Road where the bridge is located will be closed:

“After nearly 80 years of service, the Sylvester Road Bridge appears to be retiring,” reads a statement. “Wrought with many condition problems including cracked columns and girders, weathered and worn rails and deck, and an antiquated design, reconditioning does not appear to be the best option for service … Engineers at the City, County, and State levels have concluded that a reconstruction project is the most cost-effective way to maintain the corridor through the bridge site.”

Here are the event details:

WHAT: Sylvester Road Bridge Open House

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 9th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

WHERE: Normandy Park City Hall, 801 SW 174th St., Normandy Park

INFO: From the city’s website:

Please come to this informational meeting and examine the proposed construction plans, detour plans, and to learn about this exciting project.
After nearly 80 years of service, the Sylvester Road Bridge appears to be retiring. Wrought with many condition problems including cracked columns and girders, weathered and worn rails and deck, and an antiquated design, reconditioning does not appear to be the best option for service to the West Highline community. Engineers at the City, County, and State levels have concluded that a reconstruction project is the most cost-effective way to maintain the corridor through the bridge site. Built during the depression era, Sylvester Bridge has spanned Fox Creek for 8 decades.

Sylvester Bridge is one of a handful of large concrete bridges built in this area during the twenties and thirties. The new bridge is planned to be a full span bridge, meaning that there will be no supporting columns like the existing bridge has, which are not designed to carry earthquake forces. Design work on the replacement bridge is currently underway. The design of the new bridge is planned to look similar to the existing bridge with concrete rails possibly as depicted above. Construction is planned for Spring-Fall 2011. Unfortunately, a lengthy closure will be necessary for removal of the old bridge and construction of its replacement. A detour for Sylvester Road through traffic has been developed utilizing 16th Avenue and 160th as primary routes with access to 16th via 12th Avenue off Sylvester Road.

For more information, contact Betty Gulledge-Bennett, Communications at 206-263-3436 or [email protected].

Scott Schaefer recently produced this Sound Slideshow on the bridge, which shows its aging:

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Click to Play Scott Schaefer’s Sound Slideshow

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