FOLLOWUP: Andover Bridge work resumes with ‘small amounts’ of ‘independent’ concrete, but West Seattle Bridge still waiting

(WSB photo, late this afternoon)

One small bridge project has resumed, but the West Seattle Bridge work still awaits concrete, despite drivers’ back-to-work announcement earlier this week. First, here’s what SDOT announced today about the Andover overpass over the southwest end of the West Seattle Bridge:

We’ve resumed work on the SW Andover St Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge (Andover Bridge) seismic retrofit project. Our contractor for this project is using independent drivers to pour small amounts of concrete.

Remaining work includes landscaping around the new sidewalk and base of the bridge, installing and painting the handrail, and replacing fencing near the bridge. With work starting on the Andover Bridge again, we expect to complete the seismic retrofit in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience and look forward to reopening the bridge after the work is done and it’s ready for use again.

After getting that announcement, we asked SDOT if there’s an update on the Teamsters Local 174 drivers’ offer to resume work for three companies in hopes of getting concrete to some projects including the West Seattle Bridge. The reply from spokesperson Ethan Bergerson:

Contractors have autonomy to select concrete suppliers and we were informed last week by the contractor for the Andover St Pedestrian Bridge Seismic Retrofit project that they would be pouring a comparatively small amounts of concrete using independent drivers.

This is not the same kind of concrete as is needed for the West Seattle Bridge. The West Seattle Bridge program requires specialized concrete which is capable of holding more than 20 million pounds of force and must sustain its strength for decades for the bridge to remain standing. This is a different kind of concrete than what is used for most other transportation projects like streets or sidewalks, which does not need to hold up to the same kinds of force.

Kraemer has reached out to all the concrete suppliers to determine who can supply the special type of concrete needed for the West Seattle Bridge and other details about timing and logistics. We are still awaiting more information from the concrete suppliers.

As for the drivers, they have a new statement online tonight, saying drivers for one company – Salmon Bay – are back at work, but alleging another company, Cadman, is dragging its feet on setting a date for drivers’ return.

3 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Andover Bridge work resumes with 'small amounts' of 'independent' concrete, but West Seattle Bridge still waiting"

  • Delridge neighbor March 17, 2022 (11:06 pm)

    We can blame Sawant for blocking the repair of the bridge through her rhetoric by using government resources to encourage refusing to workijg with the city.

    • Steve March 18, 2022 (10:18 pm)

      Seems like she’s arguing that they fight for fair wages. We hear all the time about supply and demand. How we have little housing in some parts of the city (supply) and people want to live there (demand) so its why landlords say they can charge ‘whatever the market can bear.’ now workers (supply) are low for this type of work (demand) so they should also be able to charge whatever they want. And they aren’t doing that – they want a fair wage. There firms make BANK on this shit, so i have no sympathy.Maybe if we put more money into infrastructure and fixed this before it went to shit we wouldnt have had a bridge out of commission. But nooooo we dont want to have to pay more taxes to keep things running. 

  • Spencer March 18, 2022 (11:11 am)

    Now, I know a lot of readers might get upset – but I’d offer the view as a permanent pedestrian. The area immediately west of WSB has great views and I love walking over there. But without the bridge, it can be a bit tricky to cross on either 35th or Harbor. I’m really excited for the Andover bridge to open again! And it feels nice to know that pedestrian projects are moving forward. :D

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