-For The Herald –
The city of Sumner plans to replace the Bridge Street Bridge in 2015.
A committee has chosen Berger/ABAM as a qualified consultant to design the bridge. The process is just beginning and the city does not have a design yet.
Before construction can begin, the city needs the design for the bridge, to get environmental permits and to bid the project.
The current bridge was built in the 1820s.
“The old bridge has lived its lifespan, they only last so long,” Mike Dahlem, city engineer, said. Now the bridge has a weight limit of 12 tons.
The city received a $9.6 million grant for the project, but is required to pay an additional 20 percent.
About half of the 20 percent is budgeted, Dahlem said. The city hopes other grants will fund the other half.
“We’re going to try to keep traffic crossing during the construction,” Dahlem said. Although there isn’t a plan yet, there is the possibility of putting the new bridge next to the old one, or having a temporary bridge during construction.
“Hopefully the interruption won’t be more than a few weeks,” Dahlem said. “There are businesses on both sides of the bridge.