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Duportail Bridge: Defining the Term for the City of Richland

The bridge will include two vehicle travels lanes in each direction with bicycle lanes and sidewalks on each side.

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.

Comments

I believe this is an important project for Richland. I do wonder why it will take until 2020. That seems like a snails pace. I also wonder about Dupertail just off of the 240. This is a residential street with parking on both sides. How will this change, and does Richland have a plan for this stretch?
I'd love for this project to become an icon for the city. Is there any way to incorporate something architecturally striking into the design? The Cable Bridge is a signature of the Tri-Cities and this is an opportunity to do something similar in Richland. How about an arch bridge? Or, even more daring, a cable arch like the Clyde Arc Bridge? The geometry of the site seems conducive to that type of design.