The American flag should be flying above the blue bridge again well before Veterans Day.
The state Department of Transportation has hired J.C. Phelan & Son Inc. of Pacifica, Calif., to repair the flagpole that has been atop the Highway 395 bridge over the Columbia River since 1986, according to a news release. The flag was taken down in late August after workers discovered a severed cable. Further inspection found that none of its working parts were functioning.
The bridge will be closed for about three hours on either Oct. 25 or 26, depending on when the weather is better. Both are weekend days, when traffic volume is lowest.
An experienced steeplejack will climb the 50-foot flagpole, the base of which is 100 feet above the 60-year-old bridge’s deck, WSDOT said.
The cost of repairing the flagpole was unavailable Friday because people who handle finances were out of the office, WSDOT spokeswoman Summer Derrey said. But the project will cost less than $10,000, including labor, supplies and traffic control, she said.