KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Cable Bridge is down to one lane heading from Pasco to Kennewick. The Washington State Department of Transportation is replacing the old guard rails with new steel beams.
Construction started earlier this week, but will go through the beginning of April. A D.O.T. spokesman said the new guardrails will be stronger, less flexible, and easier to maintain.
"Every time the old system would get hit, they'd have to wait for a long time to get the parts because again it is an old system," said Moe Davari, Washington State Dept. of Transportation, Project Engineer.
Davari said workers will finish removing the old guardrails on the Kennewick bound side of the bridge, then begin working on the Pasco bound side next week.
Although lanes will be restricted to one lane on either side, the D.O.T. doesn't anticipate much congestion.