Special Reports


Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

The first round of dredging beneath the Gig Harbor caisson has been completed. So far, the massive structure has sunk 29 feet into the floor of the Narrows - about halfway to its final position.

On the other side of the channel, divers are nearly finished removing the steel bottoms from the Tacoma caisson. By Saturday they had 11 of the 15 removed and were expecting to finish on Thursday. Dredging on the Tacoma caisson is scheduled to begin on Friday.

Roadways: Big dump trucks will begin removing the mountain of dirt that's been piling up in the median of Highway 16 just west of the bridge. Watch for single-lane closures all week from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on eastbound Highway 16 from the 24th Street overpass all the way across the bridge.

Get ready to see more trees fall. This week crews will take out five big poplar trees just north of the bridge on the Tacoma side to make room for a new bridge maintenance building.

New date for opening of 22nd Avenue in Gig Harbor: April 3.


Q: What are they going to do with all that dirt they've dug up in the median of the westbound lanes on the Gig Harbor side?

A: They're hauling it across the bridge and dumping it into trenches that were dug in order to move the City of Tacoma pump station.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune