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BRIDGE UPDATE

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

The new toll operations building, just north of the 24th Street Northwest overpass, will begin taking shape this week. Bricklayers are at work on the walls, which should be finished at the end of next week.

Road crews are preparing the roadbed in the toll plaza area for a concrete finish. Concrete will be used across the six lanes in the toll area because it's tougher than asphalt and can hold up better to the wear and tear of vehicles constantly stopping and starting.

More finishing work will be done in the median between eastbound and westbound lanes on the Gig Harbor side. Paving should start there by Oct. 1.

Towers: Two pours are scheduled on the Tacoma tower, one on each leg. No pours will be done on the Gig Harbor tower this week. Crews on that side are preparing rebar and forms for nearly solid leg sections where the first cross-strut will be attached.

Drivers take note: The tops of the tower legs will soon be visible from the deck of the existing bridge. Watch out for gawkers and cars swerving.

Anchorages: One pour is set for Thursday on the Gig Harbor side; form work all week on the Tacoma side.

Engineers and managers will be on hand to answer questions at an open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gig Harbor Community Center Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview St. in Gig Harbor.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune

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