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42nd Ave Bridge S Replacement Project

Project Status Update

The draft type, size, and location (TS&L) report has been submitted to the City for review. City Council was presented the information from the TS&L report on February 14th and February 28th, 2022 that had two locations for the bridge replacement. The first option was to replace the bridge in its current location and the second option was to replace the structure at 42nd Ave S and S 124th St.  The City then conducted two in-person meetings and had an electronic survey to engage the city to see their preferred bridge location. The survey results and community input preferred the replacement of the structure in its current location. At the March 28th, 2022 Committee of the Whole meeting, Council voted to move forward to replace the bridge in its current location. The draft TS&L can now be finalized and sent to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for their review and acceptance.

 Type/Size/Location (TS&L) Report: A TS&L report considered all reasonable replacement options eligible for federal funding and help narrow the choices down to a preferred alternative. The report determined the functional and physical characteristics of the bridge, how it will be construction, and its location.

 

Project Overview

The 42nd Ave S Bridge is an important arterial for the City of Tukwila and surrounding communities. The bridge, designed in 1927 and built in 1949, is reaching the end of its design lifespan and needs to be replaced. The current 42nd Ave S Bridge consists of a 3-span 280-foot-long bridge with a new sufficiency rating of 6.00 out of 100 due the bridge strike and is considered both Structurally Deficient and Functionally Obsolete by the Federal Highway Authority (FHWA). The 2018 average daily traffic volume (ADT) was 10,300 vehicles per day.

A consultant team has been brought onboard by the City to develop a design for a replacement bridge. A component of the design work will involve gathering feedback from community stakeholders to guide portions of the design process. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to share their thoughts on bridge design and other project features.

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Timeline

The project is currently in the design phase which will continue through 2022.

Timeline Description
1st Quarter 2022 Submittal of the TS&L report. Bridge location selection
2nd Quarter 2022 Continue with design
3rd Quarter 2022 30% Design submitted for review
4th Quarter 2022 Continue with design

 

Type/Size/Location (TSL) Report: A TSL report will consider all reasonable replacement options eligible for federal funding and help narrow the choices down to a preferred alternative. The report will determine the functional and physical characteristics of the bridge, how it will be construction, and its location. The consultant team need community input to inform the TSL report.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of the 42nd Ave S Bridge?

The 42nd Ave S Bridge, constructed in 1949, has been monitored in accordance with federal requirements, and since 2015, has been the subject of concern and evaluation by Tukwila Public Works, King County, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Currently, the 42nd Ave S. Bridge carries a sufficiency rating (SR) of 6.00 on a scale of 100 – this means that the bridge is in poor condition and in need of urgent replacement. Specific technical examples of the bridge’s deterioration include compromised area due to truck strike, loss of shoreline protection, concrete cracking at the north pier, frozen bridge bearings, corrosion, pack rust, and impact damage on a fracture critical bridge. The primary responsibility of city government is to uphold and protect public safety, including the maintenance of infrastructure. In Tukwila, we are committed to a safe, transparent, and orderly replacement of this bridge.

 

Where are we in the process of replacing the 42nd Ave S Bridge?

City Council has made the selection to move forward to replace the structure in its current location. The TS&L report can be finalized and sent to WSDOT for review. Design will now focus on the 42nd Ave S bridge location.

 

Do you have an emergency plan in place in case the 42nd Ave S Bridge collapses? 

The City closed the 42nd Ave S Bridge in December 2021 due to an over height bridge strike. General vehicle traffic was then detoured to S 115th St and trucks were detoured to the S 129th St Bridge.

The Bridge is currently opened to southbound traffic only and will reevaluate traffic movements in Fall 2022 to determine traffic flow.

Emergency response in any jurisdiction takes several factors into account, including the cause of any major incident. Whether failure of any structure is caused by fire or flood or natural disaster, responders first on the scene of any emergency situation are trained professionals who help to alert and call into service the appropriate agencies, and identify expertise and equipment needed to be most effective in securing and protecting public safety. As a best practice in emergency management, any emergency response of this scale would be managed and coordinated in accordance with the direction of the Tukwila Emergency Manager, King County, and the State of Washington.

 

How are you going to mitigate impacts during construction of the bridge, both to traffic in the Allentown neighborhood and to amenities such as the Community Center and spray park?

City has hired a design consultant to design the 42nd Ave Bridge replacement. As part of this design, the consultant will evaluate traffic rerouting during the construction phase of the project.  If the reroute impacts the Tukwila Community Center, alternative temporary improvements can be made available during the time of construction to mitigate the impacts. More information on potential reroutes will be developed as the bridge design progresses and will be shared with the community. Furthermore, any construction impacts to the Tukwila Community Center will be rehabilitated to equal or better pre-construction conditions.

 

Why isn’t the City of Tukwila conducting an EIS for the 42nd Ave S Bridge?

The new bridge at 42nd Ave S will replace existing infrastructure and is not expected to have significant impacts requiring preparation of an EIS. However, environmental analysis is being conducted following applicable State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures.

The City of Tukwila is committed to working with stakeholders as part of that process, including Allentown residents, local Tribes, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), City of Tukwila Department of Community Development, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), US Coast Guard, Department of Ecology (DOE), Department of Archaeology and  Historic Preservation (DAHP), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service.

The City is currently conducting an EIS study for the Allentown Truck Reroute project. Please refer to the following link for information on that project.

 

What can you do about trucks speeding on the 42nd Ave S Bridge and through the Allentown neighborhood? And relatedly, can you do more to enforce weight/speed restrictions on the bridge?

The roads near and through Allentown, as well as heavily trafficked roads in many neighborhoods in Tukwila, are monitored to determine traffic patterns and usage. The City has performed a traffic study for the Allentown neighborhood and other neighborhoods in the City. The assessment includes collecting traffic data that will help us to identify issues with factors such as speed and solutions that could include safety measures like lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs, speed limits and enforcement, to help protect residents and drivers.

 

What other kinds of fundraising has the City undertaken to get funds for this project and a replacement bridge?

Since 2017, the City has been actively applying for grant funding for the 42nd Ave S Bridge Replacement Project. These grants are highly competitive, and the City was unsuccessful in receiving grant funds for this project until 2021.

The City has received grant funding from- $1.5 million from the Puget Sound Regional Council to complete the 100% design phase and move the project into construction by 2024, and $12 million from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Local Bridge Program, which can be allocated for all project phases. Additionally, the Washington State Legislature passed the $17 billion Move Ahead WA transportation package, which included $17 million for the replacement of the 42nd Avenue Bridge.

 

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Contact Information

For general project questions, please contact Adam Cox at 206-431-2446 or email Adam.Cox@TukwilaWA.gov.