James Street Road Improvements, KPFF, City of Bellingham, WA

James Street Road Improvements

Status: Completed 2015

Construction Cost: $2.5 Million (Local Funding)

Description: The James Street Road Improvements project included the replacement of an existing timber bridge supported on creosote timber piles at the abandoned railroad. The replacement structure is a single span precast concrete girder bridge supported on spread footings. The new structure spans over what is currently two drainage ditches within the Squalicum Creek watershed. The bridge and newly reconstructed stream channel are a part of the City of Bellingham’s larger Squalicum Creek Corridor project. The stream channel was designed to function in the current two ditch scenario and then to be modified slightly to accommodate the larger Squalicum Creek project which will include elimination of the ditches and relocation of Squalicum Creek to the new James Street bridge Structure. R&E performed structural construction management and inspection.

Main Street Fishtrap Creek Culvert Replacement, City of Lynden, WA

Main Street Fishtrap Creek Lynden

Status: Completed 2014

Construction Cost: $2.4 Million (Federal)

Description: R&E’s scope of work included preparation of design PS&E and Construction Management for the federally funded replacement of the Main Street culvert at Fishtrap Creek. The existing culvert was removed and replaced with a 96 foot single span bridge structure using precast concrete girders, cast in place bridge deck and supported on cast in place concrete pile foundations. Other work also includes structural earth walls, utility underground conversion, water, sewer and storm drainage improvements as well as decorative street lighting. Particular design challenges include a channel skew of 45 degrees to the roadway, high potential for headcut upon removal of the existing culvert which could have an effect on channel bank stability up and downstream of the project. Additionally Main Street is a major east/west arterial street which is driving a tight construction sequence and timeline. The project was funded with FHWA – ER money.

Kok Road Bridge Replacement, City of Lynden, WA

Bridge Design and Construction

Status:Completed 2012

Construction Cost: $2.3 Million (Federal)

Description: R&E performed design and construction management for the replacement of the Kok Rd. Bridge over Fishtrap Creek.  The project replaced the existing three span bridge with a 70 foot single span precast concrete girder bridge with cast-in-place concrete deck, supported on cast-in-place concrete piles.  The bridge work also included structural earth walls, approach slabs and installation of water main, gravity sanitary sewer main, sanitary sewer force main, communications conduit, gas main and duct bank installed within the girder bays as well as the construction of drainage improvements and a stormwater facility

S. Laventure Road Reconstruction, City of Mount Vernon, WA

Road and Bridge Construction

Road and Bridge Construction

Status: Completed March 2010

Construction Cost: $1.4 Million ($923,769 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act)

Team members involved:

  • Luis Ponce, Project Manager
  • Barbara Burke, Contract Administration
  • GeoTest Services, Materials Testing

Description:  R&E provided full time construction management and inspection on this ARRA project.  Work for this 1,400 foot project included construction of a new road (which includes curb, gutter, and sidewalk) from Fowler south to East Blackburn, construction of a three sided culvert over Maddox Creek, and installation of a new storm drain conveyance and detention system.  R&E’s responsibilities included, coordination with the design engineer, construction inspection and documentation to assure work complies with Contract Documents as well as Federal and State requirements, RFI review and response, coordinating, evaluating, and determining design changes, conduct weekly meetings, prepare progress payments, prepare change orders, and interface and coordinate with the City.  This project was completed in March 2010.  WSDOT has audited this project and found only minor correction (update quantity for 1 item) needed.

17th Street Culvert Replacement Project, City of Lynden, WA

Culvert replacement

Culvert replacement

Status: Completed 2009

Construction Cost: $1.25 Million (state & local funding)

Team members involved:

  • Nathan Zylstra, Project Manger
  • Barbara Burke, Contract Administration
  • GeoTest Services, Materials Testing

Description:  R&E’s scope of work included design PS&E, construction management and inspection services for the replacement of the existing failed 17th Street Culvert on Double Ditch with a single span precast voided slab bridge.  Work included removal of the existing culvert and fill, construction of the bridge on cast-in-place piles, construction of sheet pile and Hilfiker style walls, stream channel restoration, mitigation plantings, and public involvement.  Unusual challenges included close proximity of the structure to existing residences as well as over steepened channel banks.  Of particular concern was the potential for headcut of the channel upon removal of the existing culvert and vibration monitoring during construction activities.

14th Street Bridge Replacement, City of Lynden, WA

Lynden WA

14th Street Bridge Replacement, Lynden WA

Status: Completed April 2009

Construction Cost: $1.3 Million (BRAC & local funding)

Team members involved:

  • Nathan Zylstra, Project Manager
  • Barbara Burke, Contract Administration
  • Ken Huff, Inspection
  • KPFF, Engineering Construction Support
  • GeoTest Services, Materials Testing

Description:   R&E, in conjunction with KPFF provided construction management and inspection services for the replacement of the 14th Street Bridge over Fishtrap Creek.  R&E provided the primary construction management and inspection services while KPFF provided construction engineering support.  R&E was responsible for assuring the project was constructed in accordance with the plans and specifications as well as making certain all required federal documents were obtained and submitted.  The project included removal of the existing bridge and replacement with a single span structure including retaining walls and abutments.  The bridge structure consisted of cast-in-place concrete piles, cast-in-place abutments, precast prestressed concrete girders and a cast-in-place concrete deck and approach slabs.  Unusual elements of the project included construction of the bridge structure which was curved and superelevated, as well as close proximity of the structure to residences and an elementary school.

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