ADOT&PF’s Skagway Maintenance Station Foreman Missy Tyson at the project site. PHOTO CREDIT MIGUEL PAZ/ALASKA DOT&PF

Bridge replacement project proceeding satisfactorily

By DAN FOX
EDITOR

Construction work on the Captain William Henry Moore Bridge replacement project is proceeding as planned, with weather being the only factor as to how much longer crews will be able to continue their efforts this season.

Rock excavation and material moving has comprised the majority of the work crews have done this season, according to Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Public Information Officer Aurah Landau. Hamilton Construction, LLC, was contracted to work on the project.

Next season, when work picks up again, crews will dig into construction on the bridge and culvert.

“They’ve done a lot of that rock excavation, they have spent most of the summer kind of moving material across the roadway,” Landau said.

The crews will use that rock to create a new wayside attraction area and parking lot.

Work on the whole project is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2018.

The historic bridge, which sits almost at milepost 9.5 on the Klondike Highway, is too narrow and currently does not meet highway standards. The goal of the project is to replace the bridge and realign one half-mile of the highway.

“This job has unique challenges, they’ve been doing a lot of rock excavation in difficult conditions, they’re having to put bolts in the rock and stabilize the abutment sites, stabilize those cliffs to make it a safe work area,” Landau said. “It’s 180 feet deep, that canyon up there, and about 200 feet wide.” Workers have been hanging from ropes and baskets, and experts have been brought in to work on the project.

“We really have got to hand it to the contractor [Hamilton],” Landau said. “We’ve been working with them to have minimal impacts to traffic, and as they are moving all of that material, the road might close down here and there for a little bit, but really has had minimal, minimal traffic impact all the way through.”