Special Reports

Bridge update: Sept. 24, 2006

Construction this week on the new Narrows bridge:

On the bridge itself, crews will be “trapezing” the last few deck sections unloaded from the transport ship Swan into their final alignment, said Claudia Cornish, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

Later, the Swan should begin its voyage back to South Korea to pick up the third and final load of 15 deck sections after transferring some equipment to its sister ship the Teal in Commencement Bay. The Swan is scheduled to return in November.

The Teal might motor into the Narrows at the end of the week to begin unloading the 15 deck sections it’s carrying, Cornish said, but it could be the first week of October before that happens.

Crews working on the approaches to the bridge will be preparing the new 24th Street ramp for paving, erecting a fence on a nearby retaining wall and continuing work on storm-water drainage systems, Cornish said.