Special Reports

Bridge update

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

Road crews will finish two large retaining walls. Tuesday, they'll finish the massive wall defining the southern edge of the new alignment of eastbound Highway 16 in Tacoma. Thursday, they'll pour the final section of the 917-foot-long retaining wall that separates eastbound and westbound traffic just past the bridge on the Gig Harbor side.

Both walls will then be topped with traffic barriers.

Dirt removal at the site of the new toll plaza west of 24th Street Northwest will end next week. Crews will begin installing the drainage system there.

Caissons: Crews dredging beneath the Gig Harbor caisson slowed last week when they ran into denser material. The caisson is still 10 feet from its final location and is being lowered about 1 foot a day. There will be one pour on the Tacoma caisson this week, on Tuesday.

Anchorages: A concrete pour is scheduled for Friday on the east anchorage. Crews on the west anchorage will spend the week preparing for a pour the following week.


Q. "I'm thinking about commuting by bicycle this summer to my job in Tacoma. How do I get on the bridge?"


A. The bike route leaves eastbound Highway 16 at Olympic Drive and crosses the highway to 14th Avenue.

Follow 14th to the new 24th Street overpass and cross the highway again. Take Jahn Avenue Northwest to Stone Drive Northwest and look for signs and a paved trail heading up to the bridge.

Signs will tell you that you're supposed to walk your bike across the bridge.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune