In case you wondered too: Concrete re-do on 1st Avenue ramp

February 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm | In Spokane St. Viaduct project, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

4:50 PM: In the WSB Forums, via a comment, and a phone call, we’ve been asked about what looks like a re-do of some concrete work on the new 1st Avenue South onramp/offramp to the Spokane Street Viaduct section of the West Seattle Bridge. SDOT‘s Marybeth Turner confirms that’s what it is: “Yes, the contractor is taking out a piece of the barricade on the First Avenue S Ramp and will redo it. One end was off by five inches. It’s at no cost to the city and it won’t affect the project schedule.”

ADDED 8:41 PM: Thanks to Scott for pointing out in comments that the Seattle Times (WSB partner) has just put up a story with additional details.

8 Comments

  1. Only 5 inches? I’ve been in pot holes deeper than that lately! :-)

    Comment by RobertSeattle — 7:13 pm February 4, 2011 #

  2. When I read this a few hours ago I thought it was a relatively limited piece of guardrail. I just came across the Seattle Times (WSB Partner :) ) story on this and the couple of photos and the story make it clear this is fairly significant demolition. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014135301_bridge05m.html

    Being in the construction business myself I’ll be interested to see how the ramp ends up being very slightly curved.

    Comment by ScottA — 8:21 pm February 4, 2011 #

  3. Thanks, Scott, that story is timestamped after ours so it wasn’t up when I published our item (and though we are in an informal partnership with the Times, we don’t compare assignment lists). I did suspect somebody else was working on a story, since I got a reply from SDOT fairly quickly, and if we’re the first to ask about something, it usually takes a while for the communications team to sleuth it out … TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:40 pm February 4, 2011 #

  4. Oh My Gosh I saw that this morning on my way to work and yelled in frustration that it will now take that much longer. What the heck happened here? They have several guys standng around every morning when I drive by and they still got it wrong!!!

    Comment by Silly Goose — 10:28 pm February 4, 2011 #

  5. There is ABSOLUTELY no way that this is a $30K fix. They’re rolling back at least 6 week’s work. 10 guys X $70K/yr / 52 X 6 = $80K. They busted up another $30,000 just in concrete. Throw in replacement materials, engineering support and worker overtime, I can’t see how this little eff up costs us less than $100K. Probably more like $200K.

    Comment by Blander — 1:17 am February 5, 2011 #

  6. And we want private industry in charge of our health care?

    Comment by CandrewB — 7:37 am February 5, 2011 #

  7. …and Social Security?

    Comment by 22blades — 8:44 am February 5, 2011 #

  8. Let the person who never makes a mistake toss the first concrete. The contractor has admitted financial responsibility for the error. I hope this doesn’t set the overall schedule back too much for the on-ramp to reopen this fall.

    Comment by rw — 10:38 am February 5, 2011 #

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