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Historic bridge re-opens on Fort Wainwright

Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 5:15 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The new Bailey Bridge, spanning the Chena River on Fort Wainwright, opened Friday after a ribbon cutting ceremony and inspection.

Cutting the ribbon marking the reopening of Bailey Bridge are prime contractor STG Pacific LLC representatives Candace White, Trenton Smith, and Josh James; U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Commander Col. Christopher Ruga; Hamilton Construction Company representative Tim Murphy; USAG Alaska Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Preusser and Deputy to the Garrison Commander Catherine Miller. (Photo by Grant Sattler, USAG Alaska, Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office)
Cutting the ribbon marking the reopening of Bailey Bridge are prime contractor STG Pacific LLC representatives Candace White, Trenton Smith, and Josh James; U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Commander Col. Christopher Ruga; Hamilton Construction Company representative Tim Murphy; USAG Alaska Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Preusser and Deputy to the Garrison Commander Catherine Miller. (Photo by Grant Sattler, USAG Alaska, Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office)(" " | (Photo by Grant Sattler, USAG Alaska, Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office))

The original Fort Wainwright Bailey Bridge was built in 1949 and has been a key feature of the post since connecting the main portion of the installation with the north side of the Chena River.

The repair-by-replacement project began after a bridge assessment team identified the antiquated bridge supports were deteriorating and becoming unsafe.

The bridge had been closed since September of last year, and the replacement project cost approximately $10 million.

Another Fort Wainwright bridge closed for repair, the River Road Bridge, continues on schedule for a projected mid-October reopening.

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