The Woodin Avenue Bridge Project wraps together many efforts, including bridge restoration, safety improvements, and upgrading utilities to accommodate future needs. The project also makes the area more inviting, widening 1,900 feet of sidewalks, adding 1,200 feet of new bike lanes, enhancing streetscapes, and adding the new Woodin Avenue Landing Park.
Approaching these improvements as a single, coordinated project creates efficiencies and limits the disruption to residents, businesses, and visitors alike.
For more than a decade the City Council has been looking at how to best address Woodin Avenue Bridge safety issues, with its shifting and crumbling concrete, faulting electrical, and narrow sidewalks. Although structurally sound, renovations were sorely needed for this front door to downtown Chelan.
The council originally looked at widening the bridge but found that cost-prohibitive. As they explored alternatives, a one-way bridge configuration was suggested and after careful consideration and research, the city council embraced this option.
As part of the one-way bridge reconfiguration, there also will be changes to the intersections and roadways at both ends of the bridge. One of these is Third Street from W. Okanogan Avenue to Woodin Avenue, which will be open to pedestrian traffic but permanently closed to vehicle traffic.
The City will also be replacing 1,200 feet of waterline with a 16-inch diameter line from 3rd Street to Columbia Street. About 700 feet of that will run under the bridge, supported with new utility hangers. Other additions will be concrete ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) curb ramps, as well as pavers, colored concrete sidewalks, permanent signing, landscaping, and irrigation installations.
The new Woodin Avenue Landing Park, spearheaded by the Historic Downtown Chelan Association, will be added between the northwest end of the bridge, adjacent to Campbell's Resort. The landing is designed with maximum accessibility in mind, including for those with disabilities. It creates an inviting space for both locals and visitors alike, and increases access to Lake Chelan and the existing PUD dock.