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BRIDGE UPDATE: Feb. 27

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

After a pause last week to raise the Gig Harbor tower crane, work on the towers will be back up to speed this week.

Crews poured lift No. 19 on the Gig Harbor tower’s south leg last week and will raise the rest of the tower legs to that level this week.

By week’s end, all four tower legs should be above 350 feet, or about 70 percent of their eventual 510-foot height.

Tower crews will strip forms from the lower strut of the Gig Harbor tower Wednesday night, revealing for the first time the strut’s distinctive double-X pattern in relief.

On land, road crews will continue grading for the realigned on-ramp at Tacoma’s Jackson Avenue and continue installing the right-of-way fence in that area.

Anchorage crews on both sides are preparing to pour the roofs on the massive structures. The concrete roofs will form the bases of the new roadway as it passes over the anchorages.

Concerned about ramp meters on Gig Harbor approaches to Highway 16?

Bridge project workers and state traffic engineers will be available for questions at an informal public meeting 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gig Harbor Community Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.

Ramp meters, or stop-and-go signals, are being installed at the Purdy, Burnham, Wollochet, Olympic and 36th Street on-ramps. The state Department of Transportation says the meters will be up and running in late March or early April.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune

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