Fred G. Redmon Bridge

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Fred G. Redmon Bridge
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The Fred G. Redmon Bridge carries I-82 over Selah Creek north of Selah, Washington.
Carries I‑82 / US 97
Crosses Selah Creek
Locale Yakima County, Washington
Design Twin arch
Material Concrete
Total length 1,337 feet (408 m)
Longest span 549 feet (167 m)
Number of spans 2
Clearance below 325 feet (99 m)
Opened November 2, 1971
Coordinates 46°42′00″N 120°26′28″W / 46.70°N 120.441°W / 46.70; -120.441Coordinates: 46°42′00″N 120°26′28″W / 46.70°N 120.441°W / 46.70; -120.441

The Fred G. Redmon Bridge, also known as the Selah Creek Bridge, is a twin arch bridge that spans Selah Creek near Selah, Washington.

Construction[edit]

The bridge was opened to traffic on November 2, 1971 and was constructed by Peter Kiewit & Sons,[1] who won the contract with a bid of $4,356,070 (equivalent to about $29,542,000 in 2014[2]).[3] The bridge was part of a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) long, $1.7 million (equivalent to $11 million in 2014[2]) segment of the Interstate 82 freeway construction through the area.[4]

At the time it was built, it was the longest concrete arch bridge in the United States,[5] surpassed only by the 866-foot (264 m) Sandö Bridge in Sweden. It was also the highest bridge in Washington. It won the 1971 Grand Award "for excellence in the use of concrete", awarded by the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association.[1]

Namesake[edit]

Fred Redmon was the first chair of the Washington Highway Commission, formed in 1951 to oversee the state's Department of Highways.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Selah Creek Bridge". Ellensburg Daily Record (Pioneers Newspapers Inc.). September 28, 1968. p. 5. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Costly Freeway Job Underway". The Spokesman-Review (Cowles Publishing Company). July 7, 1969. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "I-82 to open six months early". Ellensburg Daily Record (Pioneers Newspapers Inc.). August 8, 1970. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ WSDOT. "WSDOT History (1941–1960)". Retrieved 2008-06-16. 

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