Girders for the Burlington Northern Overpass will be arriving March 8-16

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Beginning March 8, contractor crews working for Skagit County Public Works will begin placing 21 prestressed concrete girders over the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks. Crews expect to place the final girder by Thursday, March 16.

“This is a big milestone – for us and for the community,” said Dan Berentson, Skagit County Public Works Director. “Once the girders are in place, we can start setting forms and pouring concrete for the roadway surface. Then it’ll only be a matter of months until we get the road back open.”

Because of the number of trucks entering and leaving the construction area, construction crews are asking local residents and drivers to plan extra time, and stay clear of the construction zone.

Girders will arrive daily beginning March 8 and 9; and throughout the week of March 12; drivers should expect delays along Old Highway 99 near Dahlstedt Road, near the I-5/SR 11 interchange at exit 231, and near the Cook Road park and ride lot.

Crews will place girders ranging in length from 70 to 130 feet on the north side of the span first. Next, they’ll place the 190-foot-long center span girders, and finally the southernmost girders.