Special Reports

Bridge update: Apr. 24

The end is in sight on the towers of the new Narrows bridge.

This week, crews will pour the 26th sections on the south legs of both towers, leaving just two to go.

Workers paused briefly last week to jack the tower cranes up another notch. The operators’ cabs of the cranes are now sitting at 613 feet. They’ll be raised another 30 or 40 feet before the towers are finished next month. (For reference, the Space Needle is 605 feet tall.)

Crews building the cross struts connecting the tower legs will pour the parapet on the middle strut on the Gig Harbor tower this week, the final pour on that strut. They will also pour the floor of the middle strut on the Tacoma tower this week.

Road crews have been grinding old asphalt out of the median of Highway 16 east of the bridge. They’ll spend this week grading and installing drainage in that area, which will be the westbound lanes.

In the toll plaza area, workers will hoist two large steel pillars into place this week. The pillars will support the overhead electronics and cameras for the automatic tolling system.

The right lane of eastbound 16 will be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday while crews erect the pillars.

Q&A

Q. Why do the toll booths have those fabric shrouds around them?

A. The fabric is there to contain paint. Workers are spraying the steel support structure that holds up the canopy.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune

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