Thursday, May 28, 2009

There's more to the milestone list than just milestones

While no major milestones were checked off the extensive Hood Canal Bridge Project to-do list yesterday, work continues to move forward and toward an early-June reopening.

Achieving some construction milestones takes more time than others, so if you're hanging your hat on our online list, consider another hook. There's much more going on than just what's on the list after all.

And construction, I'm finding, is a series of tiny steps that eventually lead up to a finished product. We're taking these steps now as we head into the final days of the project.

We're taking core samples, checking psi readings, tensioning bolts, placing polymer concrete, stripping pourback forms, adjusting the bridge alignment and meggering cables (whatever that is) among numerous other tasks. And while these steps are fairly unremarkable on their own -- and even confusing -- they're all part of the process that will bring us a wider, safer, more reliable bridge.

So, I encourage you to read between the lines on this list, because these milestones are achieved by tiny steps that are all too easily missed when the focus is solely on huge leaps and bounds alone.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Meggering the cables means they are checking the insulation resistance. A megger is an electrical measuring instrument.

Andy

Anonymous said...

We want to know when it MIGHT open! EVERYBODY knows the contractor is ahead of schedule to the tune of about a week BUT nowhere does a DOT person provide any realistic PROBABLE opening date.

The rumor mill says around June 3, give or take, but....if some bigshot in DOT could provide probabilities that would be nice. Hey guy/gal, that's what WE pay you all those big bucks for!

If the Federal Government can give possibilities for GM going bankrupt surely you can give us something similar for opening the bridge.

Penney said...

"taking core samples, checking psi readings, tensioning bolts, placing polymer concrete, stripping pourback forms, adjusting the bridge alignment....."

Sounds like a surgeon's list on an aging body, and I sincerely hope they are doing it all with the finesse we would expect of a surgeon! I'm sure they are, and that takes time.

When the bridge opens you will have to find some other subject to blog about, your humor and candor in reporting has been pleasant to read.

Anonymous said...

So when can we expect the next update as to when the bridge might open?

Anonymous said...

Are these just daytime jobs? We heard they are down to one shift and not working nights now.

Anonymous said...

WOW Mr. Anonymous with the attitude.... calm down. We also would like to know when "The Big One" is going to hit the PNW but come on.. be realistic. IF they were to give you a "probable date" and they did not meet that date, I am sure you would be back here complaining that DOT doesnt know diddly. So, with the rest of us that are eager to have the bridge open... WAIT patiently and they will tell us what they know WHEN they know it.

Anonymous said...

Reading some of these comments makes me glad I don't have your job. Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Howdy ~ Like so many others out here on the NOP, we patiently await the bridge re-opening. Our hearty thanks and sincere appreciation for the outstanding job you folks are doing on this mammoth project. Though we hope it re-opens sooner than later, we just prefer it done correctly and safely for everybody. Outstanding job to the contractor and DOT!
Dave & Marilynne
Mariners Outlook, Sequim

Anonymous said...

when will we get any updated info as to when the bridge will open?, it can't be soon enough

Anonymous said...

In the big picture I feel all the direct workers on this bridge project has done an excellent job. Given the scope of the project I don't think anyone could have done a better job. For me I just want the bridge to be safe and last a very long tine, don't care to do this again soon. Thanks for all your hard work.

Cheryl said...

I agree with Penney 05/28. I have so enjoyed your stories and comment replies. If you ever write a book, let me know. I'll buy it. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the earlier the better. I sat in a campsite at Potlatch on Memorial weekend and watched the parking lot, a.k.a. Hwy 101, as people tried to get through Hoodsport. This week-end the O.D. Marathon is scheduled for the peninsula. And it would be great if our atendees didn't have to deal with that. But hey, we were told to plan on 6 weeks. And 6 weeks isn't up yet.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence Cheryl. Like a lot of people, I have a few book ideas in my head, but have yet to sit down and start pounding it out.

We've had a lot of great people posting blogs for WSDOT and an even greater response than we could have hoped for from people who rely on the bridge.