A Narrows bridge repaving – so soon?March 1st, 2013 by travis baker
The in basket: I’ve read a couple of stories about efforts to avoid or minimize toll increases on the Tacoma Narrow Bridges, and was struck by one proposal from State Sen. Nathan Schlicher to reduce pressure for an increase.
He’s asked that an overlay (repaving) of the bridges be delayed from the next two-year budget cycle to the one after.
Why would the bridges require an overlay at all so soon after the construction of the new one and retrofitting of the old one, I wondered.
The out basket: Annie Johnson of the state toll program, Good to Go!, says, “The asphalt bridge deck overlays on the Tacoma Narrows Bridges are relatively shallow. Shallower overlays, like the one on the bridge, have a typical lifespan of seven to eight years. The new bridge opened in 2007 which means that it would likely need a new overlay in 2014 or 2015.”
Only the new bridge is to be overlaid this time, she said. It’s described in the news stories as a $3 million job.