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BRIDGE UPDATE

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

Caissons: Connecting the Tacoma caisson to its anchors took longer than expected. As a result, the first concrete pour has been set back one week, to Aug. 22. The second caisson is still scheduled to be towed from the Port of Tacoma to the Narrows at 4 a.m. on Aug. 18.

Narrowsgate: Loggers began clearing trees Friday from forested land between Highway 16 and 14th Avenue Northwest in Gig Harbor to make room for a 10,000-square-foot office building, staging area and parking lot. Grubbing and grading will take place this week. The development is to be finished by Aug. 18.

Roadways: Crews have begun clearing vegetation in the vicinity of the Jackson Avenue on-ramp to westbound Highway 16. The on-ramp's curve will be flattened for easier access to the bridge.

Anchorages: Excavation began last week at the former War Memorial Park at the Tacoma end of the bridge. Digging the hole for the 23,000-cubic-yard concrete anchor is expected to take about two months.

Q&A

Q. I noticed the new concrete batch plant at the Gig Harbor end of the bridge is now operating. Where is the concrete going?

A. Concrete from the new batch plant is being trucked to the new overpass at 24th Avenue Northwest, where crews are pouring the bridge rails.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune

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