Project Information

A view of structural steel members on the underside of a bridge. Their paint is peeling in spots, and rust and corrosion can be seen.
Existing paint on the Morrison Bridge is peeling and must be replaced to avoid corrosion.

  • Location: Morrison Bridge river spans
  • Schedule: Construction scheduled summer 2021 - summer 2023
  • Estimated Cost: $20 million
  • Funding Source: 90% federal, 10% county

Project Description

The steel on the two fixed and two moveable river spans of the Morrison Bridge will be repainted, as well as the span between the East Bank Esplanade and the river spans. The existing paint is peeling and must be replaced to avoid corrosion of the structural steel members. After the paint is removed, any corroded steel will be replaced before the span is repainted.

The old paint is lead-based, so each section of the bridge being painted will be fully encased to prevent the paint removal process from harming the environment.  When the project is complete the newly painted spans will be lead-free.

As part of this project, we will perform structural analysis on the bridge’s steel members. We will identify any damage  and make needed repairs. 

Traffic Impacts

The steel areas that will be repainted are mostly below the deck. We will still need to close a traffic lane to build scaffolding, deliver materials, set up equipment and access the work site. 

The pedestrian path on the south side of the bridge will remain fully open.

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