Work Begins on River S Bridge


Construction season has arrived at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. On March 18, 2019 the bridge to the River S Unit and the popular Auto Tour Route began its Monday-Friday closure for replacement of the bridge.

At this point in the project, the crew from Ceccanti Inc. has begun mobilizing their equipment to the the site, importing backfill rock, and constructing a pad to place their 300-ton crane. Pictured is the crew constructing the embankment for the crane pad on the West abutment.

The finished product, estimated to be completed around July 2020, will be a new two-lane concrete bridge that will cross over both Lake River and the BNSF railroad tracks. This replaces the existing single-lane wooden bridge.

Work on the bridge will take place Monday through Friday. The bridge will be closed all hours on these days. There will be no construction work on weekends, and the single-lane bridge will open on Saturdays and Sundays for public access to the Auto Tour Route.

These updates were provided by the U.S. Department of Transporation. They’ll be sharing weekly updates that we’ll continue to post here at

Construction of the barge landing

Construction of the barge landing