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SR-520 Floating Bridge

  • Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry 626 High Street Northeast Salem, OR, 97301 United States (map)

Date:     Thursday January 19th, 2017

Location:        CCBI Room 115, 626 High Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

Time:              12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Cost:              $15 Professionals, $5 Students

Topic:           SR-520 Floating Bridge

RSVP:  Please RSVP by 12:00 pm Friday, January 12th.  Online registration has not opened yet.  While the preferred registration method is clicking the link, we can also accept your RSVP via email at or by calling Erik McCarthy at (503) 485-5490.

Speakers: Julie Meredith and Heather Catron

Background: Julie Meredith, the Program’s Director, and Heather Catron, HDR GEC’s Principal-in-Charge, will discuss an overview of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, including a project overview and lessons learned through the process of delivering this landmark project. The SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program includes designing and building the world’s longest floating bridge, and creating a safer, more reliable link between Seattle and the growing high-tech cities east of Lake Washington. With HOV lanes, full shoulders for disabled vehicles, a cross-lake bicycle and pedestrian path and the largest, heaviest and strongest bridge pontoons ever built, the new, 1.5-mile-long floating highway dramatically improves the movement of people and freight in the Central Puget Sound region. This project was awarded the 2016 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Excellence in Design (Engineering) award. 

Julie Meredith, P.E. is the Program Administrator of WSDOT’s SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. Julie earned a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington before launching her engineering career working on the region’s transportation issues. She has been with WSDOT for more than 25 years and has been working on the SR 520 Program since 2003. With a legislative budget of $4.65 billion, the SR 520 Program is one of the state’s largest transportation programs. As the Program Administrator, she oversees all key teams, including environmental, design, construction, business and communications. Julie is also the recipient of the 2016 Woman of the Year Award from the Puget Sound chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). Julie’s intelligence, diplomacy and leadership are big reasons that the Program has an exceptional team doing great work on this important highway and bridge replacement project.

Heather Catron, is a Vice President with HDR and has over 23 years of multi-disciplined experience in both the public and private sectors. Heather’s background includes mega-program and project management experience with an emphasis on the delivery of highway and bridge programs. She has been recognized by Oregon DOT and Washington DOT as a leader in developing forward looking delivery frameworks on large, multi-jurisdictional projects. This is exemplified by her successful leadership on two mega programs in the Northwest: Washington DOT's $4.65B SR520 and Oregon DOT’s $1.3B Bridge Delivery Programs. She also has experience in the fields of transportation planning, environmental program management and compliance, alternative delivery, government relations, sustainability and public involvement.


Earlier Event: December 15
Karlson Island Tidal Restoration Project
Later Event: February 16
February Meeting (Topic TBD)