Special Reports


Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

It will be a short week for construction, with bridge crews taking Labor Day off. Even so, look for changes on roadways.

On the Gig Harbor side, in the area that will become the toll plaza, crews will lay down a layer of crushed rock and begin paving. Look for paving from 24th Street Northwest to the bridge Thursday.

In the median of Highway 16 on the Gig Harbor side, crews have finished drainage work and this week will begin leveling and fine grading the road base.

Anchorages: Concrete pours are scheduled for Friday on both the Gig Harbor and Tacoma anchorages.

Toll plaza operations building: Crews will pour the bottom slab for the floor of the building on Tuesday and Wednesday. Concrete block walls are scheduled to start going up the week of Sept. 13.

Nighttime lane closures on westbound Highway 16 will continue this week as landscaping crews work along the highway between the 24th Street overpass and the weigh station in Gig Harbor. One lane will be closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Meanwhile, the towers keep going up. On Tuesday, crews will pour the fourth 17.5-foot section of the north leg of the Gig Harbor tower. On Wednesday, they'll pour the matching section of the south leg, putting the tower legs 80 feet above the caisson.

Wednesday, crews will pour the first 17.5-foot section of the north leg of the Tacoma tower. They'll pour the second section of the south leg Saturday.


Q. What's going to happen to the mountain of dirt at the approach to the new bridge, where Stone Way used to be?

A. It will be used as fill, says Dennis Engel, the state's project engineer. When the Gig Harbor anchorage is finished, he says, the dirt will be used to bring the level of the highway up to the top of the anchorage.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune