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May 27, 2016

Construction Award • Heavy/industrial

Photo courtesy of Kiewit-General Joint Venture
The largest SR 520 bridge pontoons were assembled at this 55-acre casting basin in Aberdeen.

State Route 520 pontoon construction

Location: Aberdeen

General contractor: Kiewit-General Joint Venture

Owner/developer: Washington State Department of Transportation

Primary designer: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Kiewit-General Joint Venture’s state Route 520 pontoon design-build project relied on innovation and team collaboration to overcome challenges and complete a difficult, fast-track project ahead of schedule.

The project involved two distinct elements: designing and constructing a 55-acre pontoon-casting facility, and constructing 33 concrete bridge pontoons designed by the Washington State Department of Transportation to support the new SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington. The pontoons weigh up to 11,000 tons and are up to 360 feet long, 75 feet wide and 28 feet tall.

The pontoon-casting facility, constructed at a former log yard in Grays Harbor County, included a concrete batch plant, on-site water treatment and a 4-acre pontoon-casting basin. At the completion of each cycle, the pontoons were launched out of the casting basin and towed to temporary moorage, inspected, and towed to Lake Washington for installation.

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