Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pontoon joining for RST and UVWX underway

This fine, fine weather has brought more than the first sunburns of the season to the Northwest, it's also allowed WSDOT to begin major pontoon joining operations on the Hood Canal Bridge.

Work started yesterday to join pontoon sections RST and UVWX, as strands have been installed so post-tensioning work can begin. Post-tensioning is basically adding tension to these strands to compress the structure, and pulling the two sections together tightly.

We're also doing some electrical work and installing anchor cables.

I heard a great analogy about the construction going on at the bridge. It's kind of like a new house, most of the exterior's done but now we're finishing the interior. Soon enough, we'll put out the "Welcome" mat for everyone.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

When is soon?
I heard that the contractors are vacating thier Port Gamble office space on the 28th.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work. Wheather 6 weeks or less you're doing great!

Anonymous said...

It would be a great birthday gift if it was open on May 31st

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

How soon is soon? We should have a better idea of the work schedule today or Monday.

As far as opening the bridge as a present on the 31st, I don't know if it'd be wise to hold your breath to blow out the candles on the cake for that wish.

It would be a great present to everyone, of course.

Anonymous said...

I read in the paper that WSDOT may give a time for when the bridge is going to open on Friday. Do you know if that is still the case?.

Anonymous said...

Guess I should have read further down on the comments. You had the answer already!. Sorry about that:)

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

I'm not sure that's entirely accurate.

We do expect to have a much better idea of where was are in the construction process by today, possibly early next week, that will allow us to better predict an end date, though.