2003 - I-405 / Northeast 8th Street Bridge

  • Year ABC Built: 2003
  • State: Washington
  • Owner: State
  • Location: Urban
  • Spans: Two-span
  • Beam Material: Steel
  • Max Span Length (ft.): 164.00
  • Total Bridge Length (ft.): 328.00
  • Construction Equipment: Lateral Slide
  • State ID #: 405/43
  • NBI #: 0016317A0000000
  • Coordinates:     Latitude: 47.6175003, Longitude: -122.1886139
  • Bridge Description

  • Project Summary:
  • Project Location: NE 8th Street over I-405 in the city of Bellevue in King County east of Seattle
  • Mobility Impact Time: ABC: slide-in over weekend ; Conventional: minimum one year
  • Impact Category: Tier 2 (within 3 days)
  • Primary Drivers:

    reduced traffic impacts; reduced onsite construction time; improved work-zone safety; improved site constructability; improved material quality and product durability; minimized environmental impacts • reduced life-cycle cost

  • Dimensions: 328-ft long and 121.5-ft wide two-span steel girder bridge (164 ft – 164 ft); lateral roll-in of half the width; 2,200-ton half-bridge self weight
  • Average Daily Traffic (at time of construction): 298000
  • Traffic Management: Traffic management alternative, if constructed conventionally: extended use of detour onto city streets, or reduced capacity during extended stage construction
  • Existing Bridge Description: The existing six-span prestressed concrete girder bridge was 293-ft long and 103-ft wide with spans ranging from 44 to 57 ft in length. The substructure consisted of cast-in-place abutments and multi-column piers on spread footings. Built in 1959 and widened in 1973, the bridge was deteriorated and required replacement.
  • Replacement or New Bridge: The replacement bridge has nine 11.5-ft-wide traffic lanes and two 8-ft-wide sidewalks. The cross-section consists of eleven 5-ft-deep steel I-girders spaced at 11.25-ft with a 9-inch-thick cast-in-place reinforced concrete deck. The reinforced concrete abutments and four-column interior pier are founded on spread footings.
  • Construction Method: When the Northeast 8th Street bridge over busy I-405 in Bellevue needed to be replaced, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) chose a total prefabrication design that allowed it to stage the bridge beside the highway during construction and then move it into place. The longer and higher bridge accommodated widening of I-405 and accessibility conveniences for a new interchange just south of it. The construction sequence included four stages that allowed all traffic lanes to remain open during replacement of the bridge and also allowed the new two-span superstructure to be laterally rolled into place over a weekend.The contractor constructed the south half of the new bridge on temporary piers south of the old bridge, and then shifted the three eastbound traffic lanes onto the new portion while the north half of the old bridge was removed and rebuilt conventionally. Next, the three westbound traffic lanes were shifted onto the new north half, and the old south portion was demolished and substructures constructed for the south half. On a Friday evening in September, traffic lanes on Northeast 8th Street and I-405 were re-routed, and the bridge was closed. The new south half of the bridge was jacked off its temporary piers and rolled 64 ft north to its permanent location in about 12 hours. I-405 and westbound Northeast 8th Street traffic lanes were re-opened before noon on Saturday. The remainder of Saturday and Sunday were spent installing permanent bridge bearings, constructing approaches, and striping. All lanes were opened for Monday morning commuters.I-405 lanes were reduced during the weekend half-bridge roll-in. Replacement of the bridge required a total of 19 months. The south half of the bridge was conventionally constructed on temporary supports in seven months. The north half of the bridge and the permanent substructure for the south half were constructed in 10.5 months. Casting the deck closure joints and doing other finish work required 1.5 months. An overlay was not applied to the bridge.The contract included an incentive for early completion of the intermediate pier construction to allow early opening of I-405 high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. The incentive was $5,000 for each HOV lane, Northbound and Southbound, prorated to the nearest hour, with a maximum incentive of $10,000 per day. Liquidated damages were included for late completion.
  • Stakeholder Feedback:

    Choosing prefabrication over conventional reconstruction allowed WSDOT to avoid taking the bridge out of commission for up to a year or reducing its capacity by one-half for even longer. The contractor customized techniques to accommodate prefabrication requirements to minimize traffic disruption for downtown Bellevue. The construction caused relatively few disruptions to area drivers, with most closures limited to nights and select weekends and resulted in a wider, safer bridge with more lanes of traffic.

    The public appreciated the minimized disruption to traffic.

  • High Performance Material: (none)
  • Project Planning

  • Decision Making Tools: (none)
  • Site Procurement: (none)
  • Project Delivery: Design-bid-build
  • Contracting: Incentive / disincentive clauses
  • Geotechnical Solutions

  • Foundations & Walls: (none)
  • Rapid Embankment: (none)
  • Structural Solutions

  • Prefabricated Bridge Elements: (none)
  • Prefabricated Bridge Systems: FDcBs (Full-width concrete-decked steel beam unit
  • Miscellaneous Prefabricated: CIP reinforced concrete closure joints
  • ABC Construction Equipment: Lateral slide w/roller
  • Cost & Funding

  • Costs: The engineer’s estimate for the project was $6.95 million. The low bid was $5.19 million ($1.76 million = 25% lower than the engineer’s estimate). There were three bidders. The cost per square foot of bridge was $174 compared to $187 for conventional construction in this region in 2004.
  • Funding Source: Federal and State
  • Incentive Program: (none)
  • Additional Information

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Photo Credits: Washington State Department of Transportation; HDR



Owner: Bijan Khaleghi, P.E.
State Bridge Design Engineer
Washington State Department of Transportation

Bridge Description Summary Sheet: