WA: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project

Award Winner: Large Project – On Time
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project
Tacoma, WA

“I just have to extend my congratulations — and thanks — to you and your colleagues on a job done well. I am thrilled with the new bridge and how smoothly it became operational.”

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project

Washington DOT combined local talent with specialists from around the world for the construction of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The project cost $724 million and required more than 3 million hours of labor to build with only three time loss injuries, a tribute to the project team and management staff. The overall project was delivered under budget and four weeks ahead of schedule, five years after breaking ground. Before the new bridge was built, eastbound drivers would experience “stop and go” conditions weekdays between 6 and 9 a.m. Today, average speeds are 40 mph during morning peak hours and drivers are typically traveling at freeways speeds all day.

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