From 2002 to 2007 a new suspension bridge is being built parallel to and south of the existing bridge, which will also be upgraded and retrofitted. The project will create a safer, less-congested SR 16 corridor linking the Peninsula to Tacoma and I-5.
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Published January 27th, 2007 - 1:00AM
Over the past five months, Tacoma Narrows bridge watchers have grown used to seeing deck sections as big as apartment buildings lifted onto the new bridge’s suspension cables.
Published January 26th, 2007 - 1:00AM
Tacoma Narrows Constructors lifted the last deck section off the transport vessel the Swan on Thursday afternoon and plans to haul the big ship out of the Narrows beginning about 10 this morning.
Published January 21st, 2007 - 6:44AM
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Published January 14th, 2007 - 1:00AM
Workers on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge call it “crossing the tree line” – the point where they step away from the protection of the shore and into the rush of air that blasts through the Narrows.
Published January 14th, 2007 - 1:00AM
The similarity between tuning a guitar and welding is not something just anybody would pick up on.
Published January 14th, 2007 - 1:00AM
Dingleberries: Red-hot droplets that fly out during welding activity
Published January 14th, 2007 - 1:00AM
When the 46 deck sections for the new Tacoma Narrows bridge left the Samsung plant in South Korea, they already were nearly perfectly matched.
Published January 14th, 2007 - 1:00AM
Thickness of steel on top of deck Total length of welds required to join deck sections Number of bolts required to join deck sections Number of bolts in typical joint Minimum force required to tighten typical 7/8-inch bolt Minimum clearance between deck sections and tower legs Temperature the deck must be preheated to before welding Number of welding passes necessary to fill a gap between sections Wind speed at which Tacoma Narrows Constructors shuts down bolting operations Inches of rain that fell on the construction site during November and December Amount each deck section shrinks from the heat of welding
Published January 14th, 2007 - 1:00AM
In some ways, putting the deck of the new Tacoma Narrows bridge together is like putting your kid’s bike together on Christmas: The parts were made in Asia and there’s “some assembly required.”
Published January 11th, 2007 - 1:00AM
People who buy into the state’s electronic toll collection system for the new Tacoma Narrows bridge will get a big break on tolls for the first year if recommendations of a citizens’ advisory panel are followed.
Published January 7th, 2007 - 7:00AM
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Published January 7th, 2007 - 1:00AM
A citizen panel delayed making a recommendation Saturday on tolls for the Narrows Bridge, including how much to lower the cost for drivers who install automated collection devices in their vehicles.
Published January 6th, 2007 - 1:00AM
High winds Friday forced Tacoma Narrows Constructors to stop just inches short of completing one of the most difficult deck-lifting operations on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge.
Published December 24th, 2006 - 6:32AM
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Published December 22nd, 2006 - 1:00AM
With just 12 of 46 pieces left to fit into place, the new Tacoma Narrows bridge deck seems more like a giant jigsaw puzzle than ever.
Published December 16th, 2006 - 1:00AM
A barge carrying a 450-ton deck section for the new Tacoma Narrows bridge broke away from its mooring lines early Friday and drifted free in Commencement Bay until rescued by a tugboat.
Published December 15th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Tacoma Narrows Constructors switched on a holiday light show on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge Thursday, bringing a welcome bit of cheer to a region hunkered down in storm mode.
Published December 10th, 2006 - 1:00AM
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Published December 5th, 2006 - 1:00AM
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Published November 13th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Beautiful is not a word often used to describe construction zones. But in the case of the new Tacoma Narrows bridge, plenty of people think it applies.
Published November 13th, 2006 - 1:00AM
New York’s Mid-Hudson Bridge uses LED lights to create a scene that is as entertaining as it is aesthetic. The prize for America’s most-wired bridge clearly goes to the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where microprocessors, fiber-optic cables and LEDs give programmers a palette of more than 16.7 million colors to play with.
Published November 13th, 2006 - 1:00AM
If there is any place on Earth where natural forces could be harnessed to produce electricity, you would think it would be the Tacoma Narrows, with its notorious tidal currents and legendary winds.
Published November 12th, 2006 - 7:36AM
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Published November 5th, 2006 - 1:00AM
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Published October 27th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Crews building the new Tacoma Narrows bridge hauled the transport vessel the Teal out of the Narrows on Thursday, having finished unloading the 15 massive deck sections the ship brought from South Korea.
Published October 22nd, 2006 - 6:22AM
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Published October 16th, 2006 - 1:00AM
The new Narrows bridge is at last beginning to look like a real bridge. By today, crews are expected to have 23 of 46 deck sections hoisted onto the main suspension cables, putting the contractor at the halfway point in the deck-lifting process.
Published October 15th, 2006 - 1:00AM
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Published October 9th, 2006 - 1:00AM
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Published October 3rd, 2006 - 1:00AM
Replacing a broken winch line on the ship loaded with the second batch of deck sections for the new Tacoma Narrows bridge will not delay the overall deck-lifting schedule, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Published October 1st, 2006 - 6:28AM
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Published September 29th, 2006 - 1:00AM
A new suspender cable will have to be ordered to replace one crews building the new Tacoma Narrows bridge dropped Wednesday during a deck-lifting operation, a state Department of Transportation official said Thursday.
Published September 28th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Crews building the new Tacoma Narrows bridge will try to determine today how a suspender cable came loose during a deck-lifting operation Wednesday and wound up dangling in the water below.
Published September 24th, 2006 - 1:00AM
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Published September 22nd, 2006 - 1:00AM
Watch for the old switcheroo under the new Tacoma Narrows bridge in the coming days.
Published September 17th, 2006 - 1:00AM
The spectacular aerial construction on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge might thrill commuters rushing by, but the exposure is a mixed blessing for the bridge builder, Tacoma Narrows Constructors.
Published September 10th, 2006 - 7:16AM
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Published September 1st, 2006 - 1:00AM
Lifting the heavy deck sections into place on the new Narrows bridge requires complex engineering techniques, but for several of the deck sections, getting them into the air is only the beginning.
Published August 27th, 2006 - 3:41PM
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Published August 24th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Gig Harbor’s future history museum will showcase pieces of Galloping Gertie, the first bridge across the Tacoma Narrows that swayed violently before blowing apart in 1940.
Published August 20th, 2006 - 1:00AM
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Published August 12th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Drivers headed east across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will be slowed overnight tonight and Tuesday night so toll collectors can test their electronic equipment.
Published August 11th, 2006 - 1:00AM
The process of lifting the deck sections onto the new Tacoma Narrows bridge was delayed for more than a month by mechanical damage some workers are convinced was sabotage.
Published August 9th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Tacoma Narrows Bridge commuters couldn’t resist the sight of 488 tons of green superstructure suspended in midair Tuesday.
Published August 8th, 2006 - 1:00AM
Builders of the new Tacoma Narrows bridge successfully lifted the first of 46 deck sections into place Monday as hundreds of spectators watched on shore, in boats and from the walkway of the old bridge.
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