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Ward Bridge Restoration project august update

It has now been two months since Bruch and Bruch, the contractors hired by Clallam County shut-down the Ward bridge across the Dungeness River at Woodcock road and began the pillar or pier restoration of the old wooden bridge originally built in 1934 and rebuilt again in 1977.

The in-water work started July 15th and had to be completed by the 15th of August. The contractor completed the in-water portion of the project on August 10th …. with five days to spare!

A walking trail is being installed on both sides of the river for easier access by the public to the river. A large area owned by Clallam County at the intersection of Ward and Woodcock roads is being filled, graded, and will enlarge parking along the bridge for those who want to cool off in the river on those hot summer days.

Next week the grinding of the entire bridge deck, the forming of the eastern concrete approach, and the eventual paving of the entire bridge will bring this bridge back to its original condition and will be good for another 40 or 50 years. Hopefully by early October the bridge will once again be open to traffic.

Below are some of the images shot while documenting this bridge repair.

All the work areas had to be swept for fish prior to the repair on each pier. Over 500 young salmon, trout, lampreys, and bullheads were removed or herded from the work areas to safety along the river bank.

Forming concrete approach at west end of bridge.
Excavators working on Pier D to uncover cracks in concrete and reinforce with heavy rock.
County habitat biologists seining work area for fish, prior to repair.
Habitat biologists electro-stunning fish to remove them from work area.
Diversion of main channel for work on Pier C.
Bridge worker cleaning pier prior to inserting with epoxy and cement.
Using plastic, four large water pumps, and super sacks, the contractor kept the Dungeness out of the work area at Pier C.
Super sacks removed from river after in-water repair work is finished on August 10th.
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Ward Bridge restoration project update

Spirit Vision Films will begin filming and documenting the progress of the Ward Bridge Restoration project by local contractor Bruch and Bruch Construction of Port Angeles, Washington, starting on June 17th, 2019. They will be working for the Clallam County Road Department to restore this county bridge.

The contractor has asked that the road closure be pushed up to June 17th because of the time element involved in setting up the project’s in-water work and fish window permit that starts on July 15th through August 15th. This is a very short 30-day period to complete the repair of the supports that span the Dungeness River.

They will begin creating access roads on either side of bridge prior to doing the in-water work in July, giving them a head start when the fish window appears.

Spirit Vision Films will be on hand documenting the closure of the bridge through the opening of the repaired bridge, that will include fresh asphalt paving in late September.

We will give video updates throughout the repair as we did with the reconstruction of the McDonald Creek Bridge last year. You can see that project here https://vimeo.com/270272547.

Stay tuned!

Ward Bridge Restoration Project

Spirit Vision Films will once again be working with the Clallam County Road Department to document a bridge restoration project in the Sequim Dungeness Valley.

Beginning in late June, the Ward Bridge (named for its proximity to the Ward road) on Woodcock road where it transverses the Dungeness River, will be closed for repairs to its concrete footings.

Bruch and Bruch Construction will undertake the highly elaborate and delicate repair of the concrete footings in the river. After decades of high-flow winter flooding along the Dungeness, the footings have sustained damage that will be addressed in this repair. Along with the in-water work, the bridge deck will be ground and resurfaced with a hot asphalt mix.

Because of the work done in the river itself, the contractor will have to divert the river and de-water the areas around the three footings that support the bridge.

It has taken nearly three years to acquire the necessary permitting and the in-water work has to be done in a very narrow ‘fish window,’ starting July 15th and ending August 15th.

The late June closure gives the contractor time to build access roads to the river’s edge (but not in the river), so that when the fish window is open they can place ‘super sacks’ in the river to divert the water around the work areas and move the salmon smolts within the work area into the diverted channel that will also allow returning salmon to pass safely through the work area.

The road closure will occur at the intersection of Town and Woodcock roads and at the Ward and Woodcock roads intersection. The project is slated to be completed by September 1st.

Spirit Vision Films will be using time-lapse, ground and aerial videography, as well as still imagery to document this project from closure of the road thru the repair, and eventual re-opening of the bridge. This long-term project will be exciting and we are looking forward to the challenge of capturing the essence of how intricate and detailed projects like this can be.

Stay tuned!

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The Ward Bridge