Special Reports

Bridge update: Sept. 10, 2006

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

Crews lifted deck section No. 45 onto the main cables on the Tacoma-side span of the new Tacoma Narrows bridge on Thursday. They’ll leave it parked there this week while they lift other sections, then trapeze it into place later.

This week, crews with Tacoma Narrows Constructors will pull two, and possibly three, more deck sections off the transfer ship Swan and hoist them into place in the middle span. They’ll start with section No. 22, then No. 26, and get to No. 27 if all goes well. (For identification purposes, the bridge sections are numbered from 1 through 46, beginning at the Gig Harbor end.)

That will bring the number of suspended sections to 10 and will put a continuous, 716-foot length of deck in the center of the bridge.

Of the six sections remaining on the Swan at that point, two will go on the Tacoma-side span, two on the Gig Harbor-side span and two in the middle. Then the Swan will head back to South Korea for another load.

Elsewhere on the project, road crews are going to shut the Jackson Avenue exit from eastbound Highway 16 again this week so they can reset a damaged light pole. They’ll close the exit from 9 p.m. to midnight Monday. The Pearl Street exit also is closed, meaning drivers will have to use the 19th Street exit for those three hours.

Meanwhile, road crews will continue grading the eventual alignment of Highway 16 from the Tacoma end of the new bridge to the Jackson Avenue overpass. They hope to pave that section next week or possibly the week after.