#19. SR-240, Yakima River Bridge at Richland

Cost: $16,122,646 (original contract)

Courtesy of F.E. Ward
Two new bridges will connect state Route 240 across the Yakima River in place of the existing four-lane bridge.
Project address:
SR-240, Mile Post 36.25 to 36.84, Yakima River Bridge No. 240/12N

Start of construction:
May 12, 2003

completion date:

July 2005

Washington State Department of Transportation


Two new bridges will be constructed to replace the existing four-lane bridge that carries state Route 240 over the Yakima River. Weakening bridge footing, caused by a critical scour problem, made replacing the bridge essential.

Route 240 functions as an important roadway through the Tri-Cities area, with traffic volumes on the highway expected to grow more than 3 percent per year. Updated bridge structures will help to meet the demand of vehicles in coming years.

The Yakima River Bridge replacement work covers a .59-mile portion of Route 240. Work includes approach slab construction and connections to the new, concrete, prestressed girder bridges into the existing highway alignments.

Additional lanes will tie into other ongoing Route 240 improvements to widen the highway and construct additional lanes between Richland and Kennewick.

The new bridges will include bicycle and pedestrian pathways. The bridge replacement contract also covers demolition of the old bridge.



F.E. Ward (now owned by Wildish Standard Paving Co.), 2710 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver, WA 98665-0692, (360) 573-8929


Moe Davari, WSDOT, South Central Region, P.O. Box 3400, Pasco, WA 99302, (509) 577-1872

Other Participants
Central Premix Concrete
Central Premix Prestress
Century Survey
DS Brown
DS Purcell Painting
F & H Fence Co.
John Wayne Construction
Frank Gurney Inc.
KLB Construction
LW McCandlish
Malcolm Drilling
Pavement Surface Control
Ralph’s Concrete Pumping
Scougal Rubber
Sharp-Line Ind.
Skyline Steel
Station Companies
Wildlands Inc.

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