Upon hearing about the Interstate 5 bridge collapse last year, Guy F. Atkinson Construction project manager Brandon Dully immediately contacted the Washington State Department of Transportation and was on site at 10 the following morning.
After Atkinson was selected for the project, Dully partnered with WSDOT designers and outside consultants to quickly determine a workable solution for the temporary bridge. Among the measures that led to its successful completion include the creation of a specific removal sequence, reevaluation of Atkinson’s strategic work plan, daily all-hands safety meetings, and constant communication with the workforce, inspectors and subcontractors.
Dully supervised 24-7 operations. Atkinson crews completed 5,632 hours and subcontractors totaled 17,371 hours, equaling 77 craft working 25 days without any injury.
The project also had a Division of Occupational Safety and Health compliance inspection with no citations.
The Skagit River Bridge was a high-risk project that was completed safely. With Dully’s leadership I-5 was reopened on June 19, less than four weeks after the collapse.