CHELAN — The Woodin Avenue Bridge will be closed to vehicles for about two weeks as the construction crew continues working on restoring the bridge and converting it to a single, one-way lane.
Construction began Tuesday. Work will pause around Thanksgiving and resume in March, and the project should be completed in May.
This month's closures will be from 7 a.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Friday and again from 7 a.m. Sept. 17 to 8 a.m. Sept. 21. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians.
The crew will begin removing asphalt from the bridge surface this week, as well as surveying, installing water main pipe supports under the bridge, and removing lamp posts. Similar work will continue the following week.
Motorists will still be able to access downtown via the Dan Gordon Bridge on Webster Avenue.
City Council awarded an approximately $3.2 million contract to Selland Construction in a special meeting June 13. The contract is for the bridge work and developing the Woodin Avenue Landing Park.
Third Street will be permanently closed to vehicles from West Okanogan to Woodin avenues. It will be converted to a pathway for pedestrians.
Built in 1927, the bridge has 4-foot-wide sidewalks. One will be doubled to 8 feet, and the other will be increased to 5 feet. A 5-foot-wide, two-way bike lane also is planned.
Mayor Mike Cooney said the lights had to be changed because they didn't always work, but the fixtures are being replicated to retain their historic look.
Although the project was expected to start in July and be finished in October, the start date was delayed because of long lead times on materials.
The city has created a website — woodinavenuebridgeproject.org — where people can follow the progress and sign up for email updates.