The Lacamas Creek Bridge, located along 288th Street South just east of 48th Avenue South, reopened Sept. 23 after it was replaced.
The two-lane bridge, which is located east of Roy, had been closed since July 13 for the work. The bridge was replaced with a pre-cast concrete slab bridge with paved shoulders. The approaches to the bridge were also reconstructed.
“The replacement was needed to accommodate modern vehicle loads and volumes, as well as address the increasing maintenance needs of an aging bridge,” said Kraig Shaner, P.E., Pierce County Public Works bridge engineering supervisor. “The replacement removed all deficiencies and makes passage over Lacamas Creek more dependable for the traveling public.”
The original bridge was built in 1954 and carried approximately 1,675 vehicles a day. It was made of creosote-treated timber beams covered by concrete planks. It was supported by concrete abutments on spread footings.
The contractor for the project was Zemek Construction. The construction cost was approximately $840,600. The project was funded with $672,480 in Federal Highway Bridge Program (HBP) Replacement Funds and $168,120 in County Road Funds.
A project webpage is available here.
Kraig Shaner, P.E., Public Works bridge engineering supervisor
Anne Radford, Public Works public information officer