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Posted 26 January 2017
The people of Richland knew what they wanted. A bridge. An uncomplicated kind of bridge.
Richland is in need of a link, connecting the patchwork of commerce, transportation, and access between two adjacent neighborhoods. Their solution? A concrete structure, connecting existing roadways, parks, and commerce on both sides of the Yakima River.
The City of Richland’s Duportail/Stevens Corridor Strategy bridges these two obligations into a single master plan. The result? The Duportail Bridge will provide the City with a solution connecting the multiple new businesses in the Queensgate area with its central residents, while improving the region’s heavy traffic flow and relieving congestion. Additionally, the bridge will open access to jobs, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as public transit and emergency response services.
Significant work remains as the project is in the middle of final design with construction set to begin at the end of this year. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation from the state’s Connecting Washington Program, providing $20 million toward the project, and inroads are being made into actively securing grant and bond packages for the remaining funds.
The City contracted with BergerABAM to provide planning, structural engineering, environmental services, public involvement, and construction management services. BergerABAM is developing detailed engineering plans, confirming compliance with environmental regulations, and obtaining permits for the City. The construction process will be scheduled around in-water work windows within the Yakima River to avoid and/or minimize impacts to fish species and their habitat.
The City anticipates the Duportail Bridge will be open to traffic in the summer of 2020, a transition to the future.