Special Reports

Bridge update

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

The walls of the anchorage being constructed on the Tacoma side of the bridge have risen above ground level and are visible from the existing bridge.

The next concrete pour is scheduled for Thursday.

Across the Narrows, the Gig Harbor anchorage is slowly catching up. The next pour is set for Tuesday.

Roadways: Crews will be moving traffic barriers on both sides of the bridge Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Watch for single-lane closures from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. on westbound Highway 16 near Tacoma's Jackson Avenue and near the weigh station in Gig Harbor.

Crews also will be subjecting westbound drivers to "rolling slowdowns" Tuesday night so they can set lane markers and install lane striping. Pace cars will periodically slow traffic to a crawl. Each slowdown will last about 15 minutes, the state Department of Transportation says.

Caissons: Pours on the Tacoma caisson will take place Monday and Thursday. One pour is set for Wednesday on the Gig Harbor caisson.


Q. Is there a film crew working to document the building of the new bridge? It would be great to watch a documentary on TV.

A. Before construction started, the state contacted "NOVA" to see whether producers had any interest in making a documentary. "NOVA" wanted $1 million up front, so the state declined.

It plans to document construction with time-lapse photography when the towers start going up.

Tacoma Narrows Constructors has hired a video company to document construction, but it's unclear what it will do with the finished product.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune