New Broadway Bridge opens, months ahead of schedule

EVERETT — Rainy weather often brings heavy traffic, but drivers in downtown Everett got a bit of relief when the Broadway Bridge reopened Tuesday afternoon.

The bridge had been closed since Jan. 30 for what was expected to be more than a year.

The 102-year-old span had been deteriorating and operating under weight restrictions since 2008. The bridge had last been refurbished in 1931, but prior to its closure it still bore 40,000 vehicles per day.

Construction crews have wrapped up most of the work early, including weather-dependent paving, significantly ahead of the projected March completion date.

“We had just enough weather breaks to barely pull it off here in a few weeks,” Everett city engineer Ryan Sass said.

The northbound lanes on the new span opened just after 2 p.m. The southbound lanes followed at 2:58 p.m., Sass said.

Some of the traffic cameras installed during construction will remain in place, Sass said.

The last bits of construction on the $13.6 million project won’t get wrapped up until early February.

The bridge is now open with two lanes of through-traffic in each direction, plus a turn lane. Drivers still can’t park on the bridge, however.

“We’re going to keep the parking lane closed because the contractor will need to get in there from time to time,” Sass said.

The crews also need to install a pedestrian barrier and lighting, and some of the pavement markings need to be repainted.

Sass said the project will likely come in well within budget. The contract with Interwest Construction of Burlington has an early completion incentive built in for up to $50,000, he said.

Chris Winters: 425-374-4165; cwinters@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @Chris_At_Herald.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Claire Swander, 6 months old, gets an H1N1 vaccine from nurse Soon Ku at Providence Physician Group in Mill Creek on Oct. 31, 2009. The site had lines with a three-hour wait for portions of the morning. (Heidi Hoffman / Herald file)
Vaccine approval for kids a reminder of 2009 H1N1 outbreak

As swine flu scare closed some schools, parents flocked to public clinics to protect their children.

Darren Redick is the new CEO of Providence’s Northwest Washington service area. (Providence Health and Services) 20210514
Providence stays local in selecting a new regional CEO

Based in Everett, Darren Redick will lead the health care provider’s Northwest Washington area.

Two men were hurt after a fire in an apartment Sunday morning south of Everett. (South County Fire) 210516
Two men hurt in apartment fire south of Everett

In all, 16 residents were displaced by the early morning blaze at the Hanger 128 Apartments.

State’s E. Coli outbreak linked to PCC Market yogurt

Statewide, 11 cases are connected to the yogurt, including one in Snohomish County.

Georgie Gutenberg
Death of Lake Stevens woman not suspicious

Police had asked for the public’s help to search for Georgie Gutenberg. She was found dead Sunday.

Firefighters douse the flames at the NOAA Fisheries Building Friday evening in Mukilteo on May 14, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Fire damages NOAA site near new ferry terminal in Mukilteo

Smoke flooded the waterfront Friday night as fire crews descended on the abandoned research center.

Everett man shot while walking his dog identified

Ryan S. McFadden, 33, died of gunshot wounds.

Man killed by train near Snohomish is identified

The Marysville man, 45, was hit Thursday morning south of the Snohomish River.

Map of major geologic faults of the Puget Sound region. No caption necessary. 20210502
1. Buried danger: A slumbering geologic fault beneath us

An earthquake along the southern Whidbey Island fault reshaped the land some 2,700 years ago. Another big one is expected, and it could be devastating.

Most Read