New bridge’s second expansion joint arrives

April 26, 2007 

The second expansion joint for the new Narrows bridge arrived early Wednesday on the bridge’s Tacoma side.

Workers planned to use cranes today to remove the 100-ton, 70-foot-long piece from the truck it arrived on, said Claudia Cornish, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

The joint will be installed on the bridge’s east side in a couple of weeks, she said.

The piece, which can absorb up to 56 inches of deck expansion and contraction, crossed Washington on Interstate 90 on its way from Minnesota. A driving crew delivered it to the bridge site about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The first expansion joint was delivered to the bridge April 14 after it spent more than three weeks at the Washington-Idaho border when its mover ran into road restrictions and trailer brake problems.

Paul Sand, The News Tribune

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