Sunday, May 3, 2009

Keeping an eye on construction

Walking the Hood Canal Bridge this morning, I knew I had to be on high alert at all times ... eyes wide open and head on a swivel.

There are workers and machinery everywhere, everyone focused on different tasks that lead to the same goal - completing this project on time.

The beeping of a fork-lift in reverse, the reverberation of jack-hammers pounding away at concrete, and the whir of the cable saws unjoining the pontoons are just a few of the sights and sounds that not-so subtly assault your senses.

Even with all of these sounds, the workers maintain an uncanny, singular concentration on their own individual tasks. I couldn't help but notice yesterday, when a crane pulled the transition span out, raised it into the sky, and lowered it onto a barge - very few workers stopped to admire the impressive power of the crane and skill of the crane operator.

They had work to do and they are on a tight schedule.


Jamie Swift
WSDOT Communications

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bet who ever wrote this article lives on the Kitsap side of the bridge....it all sounds good the way you express it...do you have any idea what they are really thinking ...this is a dumb idea any way you cut it..the peninsula is almost cut off from the rest of the state....

Anonymous said...

I bet who ever wrote this article lives on the Kitsap side of the bridge....it all sounds good the way you express it...do you have any idea what they are really thinking ...this is a dumb idea any way you cut it..the peninsula is almost cut off from the rest of the state....

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Sorry that you feel this way, but there was no way to keep the bridge open to traffic and replace the entire east half and east and west trusses without a closure.

We are working hard to meet our six-week schedule and, if at all possible, open the bridge sooner.