Our means of transportation has changed significantly over the last few decades, and a change in how people travel from Point A to Point B has spurred a change in our infrastructure and how we approach civil engineering. The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, originally built in 1963, is an example of our changing infrastructure.
Lake Washington is far too deep for a traditional bridge, so engineers had to get creative –creating the largest floating bridge in the world. The area has since outgrown the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and so the SR-520 Seattle Floating Bridge project was born.
With the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) at the helm, the NECA/IBEW Powering America Team was an easy choice to power this bridge to the future. NECA Contractor, and minority business enterprise, DBE Electric, IBEW Local 46, and IBEW Local 191 brought power to this 1.4 mile, 6-lane bridge.
With the capacity for cars, HOVs, ride shares, buses, bikes, pedestrians, and – soon – a light rail, the SR-520 Seattle Floating Bridge is a bridge built for the future that will be used by future generations to come.