Madden Bridge 58 is located approximately five miles southeast of Granite Falls and six miles east of Lake Stevens on Menzel Lake Rd over the Pilchuck River. The 138-foot long three-span bridge was built in 1956 and was showing signs of deterioration due to age.
In the summer of 2022, Snohomish County Public Works constructed a new bridge deck and replaced a section of pavement near the west approach to reduce future settlement. Crews also replaced the guardrails, bridge rails, and bearings, as well as made repairs to the expansion joints. The bridge rehabilitation project reduces future maintenance costs, prolongs the life of the bridge, and provides a smoother ride for motorists.
Schedule and Traffic Impact
Construction began in mid-May 2022
Menzel Lake Rd at Madden Bridge was closed from mid-June through early August. Traffic was detoured on Robe Menzel Rd.
Drivers experienced minimal single-lane closures before and after the full closure
Construction was completed in September of 2022
Public Works determined that a full road closure was necessary after carefully reviewing construction impacts, budget, and safety considerations. A full road closure shortened the total construction period and reduced overlay costs. It also eliminated vibration from traffic during the overlay process, which improves the long-term durability of the surface treatment.
Funding for the nearly $1 million repair came from the Federal Highway Bridge Program, distributed by Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Snohomish County Road Fund.