Here’s a reminder that traffic across the Tacoma Narrows bridges might be unpleasant this weekend.
For the second time this summer, contractor crews hired by the state Department of Transportation will reduce traffic on state Route 16 to two lanes in each direction and reroute westbound traffic onto the eastbound bridge so workers can finish repaving the westbound span.
The 24th Street on-ramp to eastbound Route 16, the westbound exit from state Route 16 to 24th Street and the Jackson Street on-ramp to westbound state Route 16 will be closed during the work.
The traffic shifts will begin at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 9) and will continue until 5 a.m. Monday.
The work will depend on the weather and could be rescheduled.
Transportation Department officials encourage drivers to delay travel across the Narrows if they can or to travel early or late in the day to avoid congestion.
Crews will begin paving the eastbound bridge during upcoming weeknights. That work will require closing some eastbound lanes, but a shift to one bridge will not be necessary, according to the Transportation Department.
It will be the first time the eastbound bridge has been repaved since it opened in 2007. The westbound bridge, built in 1950, was repaved in 2007.
The work is expected to cost about $1.5 million, the Transportation Department reported. About $800,000 of that money will come from the agency’s maintenance budget, with the remaining $700,000 coming from bridge toll funds.