Northbound Gold Star Bridge project to begin this spring

A long-planned project to repair and strengthen the northbound span of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge is slated to begin this spring. “If the lowest rating is greater than or equal to 7, the bridge is classified as Good; if it is less than or equal to 4, the classification is Poor. Bridges rated 5 or 6 are classified as Fair,” according to the Federal Highway Administration. The Gold Star’s northbound span’s deck and superstructure received a 4, or “poor” rating, while its foundation received a 5 or “fair” rating, after the inspection done in 2019. The DOT is tentatively eyeing a 2030 completion date for the nearly $300 million project to repair and strengthen the northbound span. The project will have three phases. The first two will focus on strengthening the bridge so it can carry heavier loads, as well as addressing deteriorating or corroding components, Sweeney said.

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