Percival Creek Footbridge to re-open

Published: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Event Date/Time: 
November 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

After a nearly two year closure, the Percival Creek Footbridge on SPSCC's Olympia Campus is projected to re-open in October of 2016. Designed and created in 1989, this historic art piece over Percival Creek has seen damage due to aging, weather, and vandalism, and was closed in 2015.  SPSCC has been working closely with community partners to restore and open the bridge to foot traffic, which is now just around the corner.

History of the bridge

The Percival Creek Footbridge was obtained through the State of Washington’s Art in Public Places program in 1989.

Designed and created by artist Peter Richards along with collaborator George Gonzalez, the bridge is constructed of western red cedar and described as a representation of the meetings that occur around water sources.

Over the years, the Footbridge has not only aged but has experienced vandalism and other damage. The college has been working closely with many partners to restore and reopen the bridge to foot traffic.

What's happening now

Working closely with the college, the Washington State Arts Commission engaged the services of an art conservator who completed an analysis of the bridge condition in June 2016. The conservator then worked with Richards on options to restore the bridge and ensure it meets current code requirements while maintaining the integrity of the bridge as an art piece.

After a structural assessment and recommendations by engineers, the repairs to the bridge will be done in three phases. In Phase 1, Forma Construction will replace the decking and work on the handrails to bring them up to code. Work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in mid-September with the bridge re-opening in October of 2016.

Phase 2, tentatively planned for spring of 2017, will focus on canopy and roofing work. Phase 3 will involve some reinforcement at the bridge foundation to prevent further erosion and is planned for late spring and summer of 2017.

Related projects

In conjunction with the re-opening of the bridge, SPSCC is working with a number of partners (including SCJ Alliance, members of the Nisqually and Squaxin Island tribes, and faculty and staff), to improve the trails around the Percival Creek Footbridge. The goal is to complete trails connecting to and around the footbridge in 2016, with additional trail restoration and the creation of wayfinding and informational signage within the next two years.

Informational links

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Update Oct. 25

Update: Footbridge ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Nov. 2 at 4:00 p.m.  Those interested in attending should meet outside of the Library entrance in building 22 on the SPSCC Olympia Campus.  All attendees will walk to the footbridge for the ribbon cutting.