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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.

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

On the Road – the Olympic Discovery Trail

Our PAPA TV series On the Road, now has another episode. It is the Olympic Discovery Trail that highlights the hiker biker trail from Blyn, Washington, the home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the start of the North Olympic Marathon to the Port Angeles Waterfront Trail the finish of the marathon.

We have multiple stops along the way including, the Jimmy Come Lately restored estuary, Sequim Bay State Park, the Johnson Creek trestle, the John Wayne Marina, City of Sequim, Railroad Bridge Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Robin Hill Park, the hilly section of the Bagley Creek ravine, the beautiful Morse Creek trestle, as the well as the incredible Port Angeles Waterfront Trail.

So enjoy a 30-minute trip along the trail and make your own plans to ‘discover’ the North Olympic Peninsula’s Olympic Discovery Trail!

 

On the Road – The New Dungeness Light Station

Spirit Vision Films in association with PAPA TV (Peninsula Area Public Access TV) of Port Angeles, Washington, has created a series called On the Road, highlighting unique destinations around the North Olympic Peninsula.

The pilot episode is called the New Dungeness Light Station. We focus our attention on the Dungeness lighthouse, as well as the New Dungeness Light Station Association. This organization maintains and gives tours of the 160 year old lighthouse on the Dungeness Spit with their volunteers, board members, and lighthouse keeper program. All are located within the 775 acre Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, next to the Clallam County Dungeness Recreation Area campground, near Sequim, Washington.

Elaine Cochran, Joseph Bennett, Emily Enges my niece, and myself spent two days at the lighthouse interviewing the keepers, exploring and filming the lighthouse, and the many natural sights of the wildlife refuge. This is our efforts.

This film was grant-funded through the Clallam County Lodging Tax fund to promote tourism on the North Olympic Peninsula.

 

 

Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project

Our latest project is creating a 5-7 minute PSA for the new proposed Dungeness River off-channel reservoir project that will be built near Sequim, WA if funded.

The Dungeness River is actually two rivers depending on the season. During the winter months the river is classified as a ‘wild’ river because of its uncontrolled downstream flooding, due to being the second steepest river in the US, dropping 7300 feet in the first third of its 32 mile length.

But during the late summer the river becomes emancipated due to low snow pack in recent years creating problems for both the salmon and irrigators who are dependent on reliable water from the river.

Clallam County, in conjunction with the City of Sequim, Washington Water Trust, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, the Clallam Conservation District, and the Dungeness Water Users Association has hired Spirit Vision Films to highlight the critical condition of the 4 endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead species of the Dungeness, along with the agriculture industry of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley that is dependent on irrigation water from the river, especially in late summer when the flow drops precariously low due to recent climate change. This project will benefit both and more.

With a land transfer by the DNR, the 320 acres would become one of Clallam County’s largest parks as well as incorporating the 88 acre reservoir within to create walking, hiking and equestrian trails, birding and access to the river. A great resource for the city of Sequim’s residents and the folks who live in Clallam county.

The video will include interviews with the stakeholders, drone footage of the 320 acre site, the benefits of the reservoir, an animation of the twice yearly fill and drain cycles of the reservoir and other pertinent issues facing both the storm water run-off issues in the winter and the lack of water in the Dungeness in the late summer.

Stay tuned! Here are some static shots of the work in progress.