8th Street Bridge Protective Screening Project

Detour for Eastbound 8th Street Traffic

Beginning Tuesday July 24, 2018 the eastbound lane of 8th Street will be closed and detoured for the duration of the project. Please follow the detour signs. Traveling east on 8th Street turn left on C Street, Right on 5th Street, and proceed down Tumwater Street to Marine Drive.  Turn right on Marine Drive and then turn on 2nd Street and follow Cherry Street back to 8th Street or turn right on Lincoln Street back to 8th Street.  

Construction Updates

August 9, 2018 - The Contractor is setting posts for the new pedestrian fence on the bridge over Valley Creek. Next week posts will be set on the bridge over Tumwater Creek.   

August 1, 2018 - Work to drill post holes in the existing concrete barriers continue on both 8th Street Bridges and existing pedestrian rail continues to be removed.  

July 25, 2018 - The Contractor is preparing the bridge to core drill for new fence posts by removing old pedestrian railing, removing bolts, and temporarily setting the old pedestrian rail back into place.   This preparation work will speed up post drilling which is scheduled to start Monday July 30th.   

July 23, 2018 - The Contractor will begin mobilization of equipment today to install new pedestrian fencing.  Expect construction workers to be installing temporary signs on the sides of the road.  Please "Give Them A Brake" when you see construction workers.  The eastbound travel lane will be closed beginning Tuesday July 24, 2018 when temporary construction fencing is delivered and installed to protect the work area.  

April 3, 2018 -  City Council approved the award of a construction contract to Interwest Construction of Sequim, WA in the amount of $770,770.   Three bids were received and opened on March 27, 2018, Interwest Construction was the low responsive bidder.  

Project Background

In January, 2018, the City Council authorized the design and construction of protective screening for both 8th Street bridges. The installation of protective screening is a top priority for the Port Angeles community and the public is, and will continue to be, actively involved and deeply invested in the project.

In an unprecedented display of emotion, the Port Angeles community has come together to develop a solution and assist with construction costs. The community has made generous donations and have implemented many fundraising events. Additionally, at the request of residents, the City is accepting monetary and in-kind donations. Any excess community-donated funds will be given to Peninsula Behavioral Health in Port Angeles to be used for suicide prevention programs.

The City’s design consultant, Sargent Engineers, provided the design for the fence. The chain link fencing will be attached to the top of the existing bridge and will be curved to represent our Olympic Mountains. The project went out to bid in March and be constructed throughout the summer months. Total cost of the project is estimated at $1.0 million.

Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the protective screening project, please download this form and return it to the customer service desk at City Hall, or mail the form and a check to 321 East 5th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. 

If you have questions about making a donation, please contact the Finance Department by email or by calling 360-417-4600.

Donation Form for 8th Street Bridge Protective Screenings Project (PDF)