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BRIDGE UPDATE

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

Caissons: The west caisson, all 14,000 tons of it, will leave the Port of Tacoma for the Narrows at 5 a.m. Monday. The 10-mile tow is expected to take about six hours, putting it in the Narrows about 10:45 a.m.

The first concrete pour on the east caisson is to begin Friday morning.

Narrowsgate: Rapid site preparation continues on land between Highway 16 and 14th Avenue Northwest in Gig Harbor. Crews hope to have a 10,000-square-foot portable office building, staging area and parking lot in place and operable this week.

Roadways: Crews are at work on both sides of Highway 16 near Tacoma's Jackson Avenue this week, doing site preparation for a new westbound on-ramp and building a 60-foot high retaining wall for a new eastbound off-ramp. Paving is to begin this week on Gig Harbor's 24th Street Northwest.

Anchorages: Excavation for the Tacoma-side anchorage continues at the former War Memorial Park. Digging the 80-foot-deep hole for the 23,000-cubic-yard concrete anchor is expected to take about two months.

Q&A

Q. Where's a good spot to watch the second caisson go by Monday?

A. Try along Ruston Way from 5 to 8 a.m., the Vashon ferry dock from 8 to 9 a.m. and viewpoints along Point Defiance Park's 5-Mile Drive after that.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune

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