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BRIDGE UPDATE

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

The biggest event coming up this week is a major concrete pour scheduled for Monday on the Gig Harbor anchorage.

Crews will pour about 2,200 cubic yards of concrete into the bottom of the anchorage excavation, making it one of the biggest sustained pours in the five-year project.

A smaller pour will take place Friday on the Tacoma anchorage, which is much closer to completion.

Caissons: Two pours are set for this week: Wednesday on the Gig Harbor side and Thursday on the Tacoma side.

Roadways: Landscaping will continue along Highway 16 near 36th Street Northwest. No traffic delays are expected, but drivers should be alert for distractions.

Wednesday, crews will put the finish facing on another section of the retaining wall near the new overpass at 24th Street Northwest.

Q&A

Q. Last night I was partially blinded by the golf driving range lights as we headed toward Tacoma from Gig Harbor.

Can the lights be adjusted, side panels added or traffic lanes going eastbound be better marked to allow us to see the road better under what is sometimes a terrible glare?

STEVE HALE, TACOMA

A. The state Department of Transportation has been working on the problem with Performance Golf Center. They've decided to put up a fabric screen hung from poles at the end of the golf course.

When?

"Hopefully by spring," says Claudia Cornish, spokeswoman for the bridge project.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune

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