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Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2002

Contact: Marybeth Turner, SDOT Communications, 206.684.8548

Seattle Transportation Selects HNTB to plan the Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project

Magnolia residents will be pleased to learn that Seattle Transportation has selected HNTB Corporation, an engineering and architectural firm, to study the replacement of the Magnolia Bridge. The study will recommend what type of bridge should be built, what size it should be, and where it should be located.

"I am very pleased that we are beginning this project," said Grace Crunican, director of Seattle Transportation. "The residents of Magnolia need dependable access to their neighborhood." The new bridge will have wider lanes, and will be better able to support today's heavier freight loads and increased traffic volume. The City will avoid the escalating maintenance costs of the old bridge, and, together with the community, will have the opportunity to design a new entrance to Magnolia.

The existing 3,000-foot long, steel and concrete bridge was built in 1929, and has been repaired several times over the years. Most recently, a landslide closed the bridge in 1997 and an earthquake closed it in 2001. After both incidents Magnolia residents suffered several months of lengthy detours while the bridge was repaired. The existing 3,000-foot concrete and steel bridge cannot cost-effectively be seismically retrofitted.

Following the earthquake in 2001, the federal government gave the City of Seattle $9 million to plan and design a replacement bridge. Funds for construction have not yet been identified. HNTB will complete the "type, size, and location" study by February 2003. Final design, construction contract plans, and specifications will take another two years. If construction funds are obtained, Seattle Transportation could begin building the new structure by 2005. The selected design team, led by HNTB, includes Mirai Associates; KPFF, Inc; Shapiro & Associates; EnviroIssues; Shannon and Wilson, Inc.; Lin & Associates, Inc.; Weinstein Copeland Architects, and Johnson Architecture and Planning.

For more information, contact Kirk T. Jones, (206) 615-0862,

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