PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: SW BRIDGE - NALLEY VALLEY INTERCHANGE
Aiming to reduce congestion on I-5 through Tacoma, Washington, the Westbound Nalley Valley I/C is the first of three phases of bridge construction in the historic Nalley Valley. The project will distribute traffic between I-5 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge toward the Olympic Peninsula. An array of new structures will replace seismically obsolete bridges and provide a much needed increase in traffic capacity.
McNary Bergeron & Associates assisted the contractor in procuring the contract by redesigning two expensive steel bridges to more economical concrete structures.
McNary Bergeron redesigned the SW Line Bridge from a steel tub-girder bridge to a precast segmental box girder bridge, a change that also suits the owner because of the extended design life and reduced maintenance.
McNary Bergeron & Associates is currently providing construction engineering services for the redesigned structure through the casting and erection processes.
Construction Method and Specifications
- Precast segmental bridge to be built using the balanced cantilever method with ground-based cranes.
- Segments will be constructed using the longline precasting method.
- Pier table shells will be precast using match-cast methods, erected, and filled with a CIP diaphragm to fulfill stringent seismic requirements and eliminate closure pours near the piers
- Span lengths up to 295 ft