Lauridsen Bridge demolition begins
August 14th, 2013 - 6:19am
(Port Angeles) -- The destruction of the Lauridsen Boulevard bridge
got underway officially Tuesday morning.
Port Angeles mayor Cherie Kidd ceremoniously drove the first spike in the concrete, while sitting in a construction machine.
But then, the demolition crew from Scarsella Brothers said "Okay,
that's enough" and the mayor came down, saying she is quite happy about the project, calling it a mark of the growth in Port Angeles.
When the new bridge is completed, it will be wider on the east end, to make it easier for trucks to make the turn on and off Race Street.
We asked City Director of Public Works and Utilities Glenn Cutler if this will make Race Street
more of a truck route.
"Absolutely not. To make an alternative truck route would require action from the city council," said Cutler. "When putting in a new facility like this, it is good to make it in such a way there are options for future city councils to consider, though."
Project Engineer Mike Wilson said the project will be complete in early 2014, although the old bridge should be down within a day or two.
When finished the bridge will have wider sidewalks and bike lanes. The city is spending about four and half million dollars on the project, most of the money coming from federal transportation dollars.
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