North Cedar River Bridge (Boeing)

Renton, WA

The North Cedar River Bridge is used to transport aircraft from Boeing’s production facility to the Renton Municipal airport.  It replaces a 70 year old structure that was determined to be structurally and seismically deficient.  The design team earned the 2016 PCI design award for “Best Special Solution” for utilization of an Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC).  The use of prefabricated bridge components was an ideal solution for a site with significant schedule challenges due to airport traffic, manufacturing operations and in-water work restrictions.  The overall schedule was reduced by six weeks utilizing ABC methods.

The bridge superstructure consists of full-depth, transverse precast decks supported by longitudinal steel girders.  The precast decks were concentrically prestressed.  All of the precast decks were then post-tensioned together in the longitudinal direction of the bridge.  Deck-to-deck and deck-to-girder connections were completed with field grouting. 

The substructure consists of precast columns and crossbeams.  The columns utilize a “socket” connection to the CIP shaft and a “grouted duct” connection to the precast crossbeam. For more details of the design methodology and structural system, refer to the May/June 2015 PCI Journal article “Replacing the Boeing North Bridge”


2016 Design award winner: Best Transportation Special Solution



  • Accelerated Bridge  Construction
  • Full-depth Precast Concrete Decks
  • Precast Concrete Columns and Abutments (Highways for LIFE detailing)


(2) pcs. – 4’ diameter precast columns; octagonal at CIP shaft interface, circular at exposed elevations

(2) pcs. – 6’ wide precast crossbeams; longitudinally post-tensioned

(44) pcs. – 10” deep x 8’ wide x 50’ long precast/prestressed decks


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