ARLINGTON – Bids to replace the one-lane, 96-year-old Pilchuck Creek bridge on State Route 9 in northern Snohomish County came in well below construction estimates. With 12 companies submitting bids, competition for the multi-million-dollar contract was aggressive.
The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded the contract to Granite Construction, the low-bidder, for $8.9 million to build the new, wider, safer bridge.
WSDOT engineers’ estimates for a new two-lane bridge were approximately $12.2 million. Thanks to a hungry construction market, though, taxpayers and WSDOT will save roughly $3.3 million.
Today, yield signs let drivers take turns crossing the narrow, 17-foot-wide bridge. In 2013, crews will begin building a 36-foot-wide replacement bridge with two lanes and shoulders to improve safety and traffic flow on SR 9. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2014.