A Camas railroad bridge that is part of a line that is more than 100 years old will soon be replaced.
Originally built in 1908, the 550 foot long BNSF Railway railroad bridge that runs above the Washougal River and parallels Southeast Sixth Avenue is on tap for replacement, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. Over the years, work has been done to improve and maintain the bridge, but it has never been replaced.
“This is an upgrade and enhancement,” Melonas said. “It’s an upgrade for safety and efficiency.”
The permitting process is currently underway, and bidding on the estimated $10 million project will take place by springtime. Construction is scheduled to start this summer, with the bulk of the work to be done in 2015, and completion set for 2016.
The main span of the bridge will be replaced with a new steel structure that has a wider clearance. New piers will be installed, and the bridge’s foundation will be set deeper than it is now.