Sewer project beneath Day Island Bridge underway

Staff writerFebruary 21, 2014 

Drivers trying to get across the Day Island Bridge will have to make do with one lane as crews work to replace a deteriorated 382-foot sewer pipe beneath the bridge.

Work on the $300,000 project began this week and will continue through mid-May, according to Pierce County Public Works and Utilities.

The original pipe was installed in 1972 and a temporary bypass system was installed in May 2012 after small holes caused by corrosion were found in the pipe.

Workers will take out the old pipe and replace it with a 6-inch iron pipe beneath the bridge deck. The new pipe will be lined with corrosion-proof coating and insulated with rigid foam and polyethylene jacket, the county said.

The bridge spans Day Island Inlet and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks.

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