Pierce County has updated the schedule for pavement repair work on the Fox Island Bridge to accommodate parents and students on the first day of school for the Peninsula School District.
A detailed bridge inspection and the first day of pavement repair work will still take place on Aug. 27. The road will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A second day of repair work was originally scheduled for Aug. 28, which is the first day of school for most students in the district. This work will now be done from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10. The work will continue from 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 if needed. The road will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic. The work hours were shifted to accommodate school start and end times.
Motorists should add extra travel time and expect traffic delays.
About the inspection
On Aug. 27, Pierce County Planning and Public Works bridge engineering staff will inspect the condition of the bridge’s structural components and assess the structure for future maintenance needs. Some of the structural components will be inspected with the aid of an under-bridge inspection truck.
The inspection is performed every other year as part of Pierce County's bridge inspection program that ensures the safety of the traveling public and the longevity of the county's transportation infrastructure.
About the bridge
The Fox Island Bridge is constructed of cast-in-place concrete and steel beams. At 1,950 feet, it is the longest vehicle bridge maintained by Pierce County.
The bridge was built in 1954 and carries approximately 6,875 vehicles a day.
Anne Radford, Planning and Public Works public information specialist