While the recession has definitely made its (hefty) mark on the Northwest’s construction industry and the economy, A+C recognizes some of the larger infrastructure construction projects in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska from 2011. We wish all of our readers a prosperous and healthy 2012!

SR 99 – “A Tunnel?”

Tunnel South Concept – Looking North. In August 2011, taxpayers approved the tunnel.

Southern Mile Viaduct – “Gone”

The landscape and views at the stadiums and King Street are radically different.

Southbound Viaduct Replacement Bridge Piles.

Portland/Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge Project

Kyle Stewart, an ironworker with Rebar International and a journeyman member of Local 29, attaches crosshole sonic logging tubes to a rebar cage. (Photo by Sam Tenney/DJC)

I-5 Grand Mound to Maytown Bridge Demolition



A new overpass was built and opened to traffic in Nov. 2011 as part of the I-5 Grand Mound to Maytown Stage 2 that improves the I-5/US 12 interchange.

SR 522 Widening

Old Glenn Highway Reconstruction Project, Eagle River, Alaska

US 12 – SR 124 Bridge Deck Pour

Aerial photo looking southeast at crews pouring the concrete bridge deck at US 12 – SR 124 intersection, November 2011.

US 12 – SR 124 Interchange “Aerial View”

SR 520 Bridge Replacement- “Holding Back the Tide”

“Fire Ants” – Worker’s with Orange Vests in 520’s Pontoon W.

East 40th Avenue Extension

Lake Otis Parkway to Dale Street Anchorage, Alaska

SR 522 – “Flyover Ramp”


Looking toward eastbound traffic at the top of the new SR 522 flyover ramp.

Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project

November 2011 Salem, Oregon.

SR 500 – “Building a Culvert Cap Beneath St. Johns Blvd”

Crews set vertical piers into the ground on either side of the existing culvert over Burnt Bridge Creek.

I-90 – “Gold Creek Bridge Construction”


Crews constructed the Gold Creek Bridges in the summer of 2011. Crews opened the eastbound lanes, and will open the westbound lanes 2012.

Pictures from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot, http://djcoregon.com/news/2011/10/27/in-water-work-window-closing-for-light-rail-bridge/, http://www.alaskastar.com/Alaska-Star/September-2011/Old-Glenn-project-nears-completion/, and http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/oshrp/salem-site.shtml.

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