Working on an antique

ODOT Interstate BridgeYou’ve probably noticed that lifts on the Interstate Bridge have been more frequent in the last few months. Important maintenance work has been underway to replace key components of the 100 year old bridge’s foundation. Find out what Bridge Maintenance Supervisor, Marc Gross, and his team have been busy working on.

Like the pins of the bridge, we imagine Marc has nerves of steel. He works at dizzying heights, maintains responsibility for keeping his staff safe and coordinates work that must be done in short time frames while interstate traffic waits for the lift to end. Despite this, a phone call from Marc is always calm and measured – focused on delivering the maintenance order of the day, and keeping impacts to a minimum for the traveling public. More work is ahead for the team.

In September 2020, the northbound span will close for up to two weeks as crews replace a cracked trunnion (the axle that helps turn the wheels to lift and lower the bridge). It’s critical work that will keep the bridge in working order. The current lifts are pre-work for that larger project in coordination with our partners at WSDOT. Learn more about that effort (and sign up for news and traffic impacts) by visiting interstatebridge.org

Interested in a job like Marc’s? See the current openings at ODOT.