Special Reports


Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge:

Crews are buttoning roadway projects up for the winter and proceeding full speed ahead on anchorages and caissons.

Caissons: Both caissons are about 90 feet below the water surface. Concrete pours are scheduled for Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Roadways: No closures or lane restrictions are expected this week.

Paving is finished on 22nd Avenue Northwest and ready for finishing work and striping this week.

Crews will plant shrubs and trees on 22nd as well as along Highway 16 near 36th Street Northwest.

Anchorages: Crews poured 750 cubic yards of concrete Friday on the Tacoma side. They're digging again on the Gig Harbor side, now about 30 feet deep.


Q: I heard they were going to open up a viewing spot for watching the construction down at Doc Weathers' Park on the Gig Harbor side. Instead, the road is closed so you can't even get down there anymore. What's going on?

A: That park belongs to Pierce County, which calls it Narrows Park. They've been paving the road since July. The state Department of Transportation is pitching in to pave the parking lot at the bottom and trying to make access to the beach conform with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A viewing platform should be available by the end of the year, the transportation department says.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune