Special Reports

Bridge Update: May 15

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

Those pale blue frames sitting on top of the main cables near the Gig Harbor anchorage are the first sections of the gantry cranes that will be used to lift the bridge deck sections into place.

The cranes will span the main cables and use them as support to lift the sections from a specially equipped barge below. Workers began assembling the cranes last week and will continue through this week.

Crews in South Korea finished loading the first 16 deck sections onto a ship Friday. It will set sail Tuesday and is to arrive in Commencement Bay on June 12. It will move into the Narrows about June 19. Two more ships will follow.

Meanwhile, crews here will continue installing permanent cable bands and suspenders on the northern main cable.

The new on-ramp to the bridge from 24th Street Northwest in Gig Harbor has been raised to the correct grade. On Thursday and Friday, trucks will bring in crushed rock for the pavement sub-base. Watch for flaggers near 24th Street and Stone Drive.