Special Reports


Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge:

Caissons: Detailed preparations are under way for towing the first caisson to the Narrows on July 21. The massive concrete structure, now 80 feet high, will take three tugs to tow into position on the Tacoma side of the bridge.

"It's going to be the event of the year," said Tacoma Narrows Constructors project manager Manuel Rondon.

Roadwork: Wooden forms on the new overpass at 24th Street Northwest are nearly complete. The concrete roadway on the bridge is to be poured July 15.

Meanwhile, on- and off-ramps at the new interchange are taking shape. Watch for more tree-clearing this week along Highway 16 between the driving range and the weigh station and also across the highway in the vicinity of 36th Street.


Q. There are a bunch of what looks like shipping containers piled on the footings of the existing bridge. What are they doing there?

A. Tacoma Narrows Constructors put them there. Some of the containers are being used for equipment storage. Others will be used as offices and meeting rooms once the caissons are hauled onto the site.

A public meeting to discuss TNC's permit application for placing a mooring buoy 1,500 feet off the shore of Fox Island has been rescheduled from Wednesday to July 15.

The meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Fox Island's Nichols Community Center.

On Monday, look for an orange buoy that TNC will anchor on the proposed site for demonstration purposes.

Right-lane closures will occur on eastbound Highway 16 in the vicinity of Jackson Avenue Monday through Friday as crews rebuild the shoulders. Work hours are 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune