With the absence of wind, construction on the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge blew forward this weekend.
Mild weather -- well mild compared to what we saw a little earlier this month -- allowed crews to line up the east and west draw spans this weekend and mark spots that will be drilled out so WSDOT can bolt huge rubber bumpers on the ends of the draw span pontoons.
These bumpers not only prevent damage when the two pontoons come together, but they also help align the sections when they do.
The connection and grouting between draw span assembly pontoon Q and the retrofitted pontoon section RST is complete and transition spans, which bridge gaps in the bridge, providing addition flex between the pontoons, the trusses and the fixed roadway approaches in Kitsap and Jefferson county.
Post-tensioning strands between pontoon sections RST and UVWX were stressed, or pulled together, to about 50 percent. Crews are bolting the expansion joints and pulling wire through conduit -- this electrical work is expected to wrap up this weekend.
Let's hope this break from Mother Nature's tantrums continues.