Fred G. Redmon Bridge

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Fred G. Redmon Bridge
RedmonBridge.jpg
June 2007
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
Carries I‑82 / US 97
Crosses Selah Creek
Locale Yakima County, Washington
Characteristics
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)
History
Opened November 2, 1971
Fred G. Redmon Bridge is located in Washington (state)
Fred G. Redmon Bridge
Fred G. Redmon Bridge
Location in Washington

The Fred G. Redmon Bridge, also known as the Selah Creek Bridge, is a twin arch bridge in the northwest United States, in Yakima County, Washington. It carries Interstate 82 across Selah Creek near Selah, between Yakima and Ellensburg.

Construction[edit]

The bridge was opened to traffic 45 years ago on November 2, 1971. It was constructed by Peter Kiewit & Sons,[1] who won the contract with a bid of $4,356,070 (equivalent to about $29,642,000 in 2016[2]).[3] The bridge was part of a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) long, $1.7 million (equivalent to $11 million in 2016[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][6] 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 a county commissioner[7] and the first chair of the Washington Highway Commission, formed in 1951 to oversee the state's department of highways.[8][9][10] It was named for him prior to its completion.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Selah Creek Bridge". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). September 28, 1968. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Costly freeway job underway". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). July 7, 1969. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "I-82 to open six months early". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). August 8, 1970. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Longest span dedicated". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). AP photo. November 13, 1971. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "County heads seeking funds". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). May 21, 1946. p. 9. 
  7. ^ WSDOT. "WSDOT History (1941–1960)". Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Redmon elected head of highway commission". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). Associated Press. July 9, 1951. p. 4. 
  9. ^ "State highway chief to stay on". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). Associated Press. March 17, 1954. p. 6. 
  10. ^ "I-82 construction on its schedule". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). September 16, 1970. p. 1. 

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