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BRIDGE UPDATE

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge:

Last week's winds and rain made a mess of Tacoma Narrows Constructors' work schedule.

Ramps scheduled to open did not, and concrete pours on both caissons were canceled. Excavation on the western anchorage stopped because of water in the hole.

Storm cleanup will continue this week. If the weather cooperates, crews will take on:

Roadways: Opening new ramps at 24th Street Northwest has been postponed twice in the past two weeks because of wet weather. If it's not raining Tuesday, crews will try again, shutting down the Stone Drive exit from westbound Highway 16 at 9 p.m. and then working overnight to tie in new ramps and realign the mainline.

Also, the right lane of eastbound Highway 16 near 36th Street Northwest will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday for pavement striping. Weather permitting, crews will also pave 22nd Avenue Northwest.

Caissons: Three pours are scheduled this week - Wednesday and Friday on the Gig Harbor caisson and Thursday on the Tacoma caisson.

Anchorages: The concrete in the bottom of the Tacoma anchorage is still curing, so not much will happen there for the next couple of weeks. On the Gig Harbor side, excavation will start again Monday.

Q&A

Q. It looks like there were a lot of mudslides on the nice green grass they just planted along Highway 16 in Gig Harbor. How big a problem is that?

A. Barely a problem at all, TNC says. The new topsoil was saturated with rain and slid off the harder base. Crews will just smooth it out and replant.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune

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