We finished functional testing of the bridge about 10:45 p.m. last night, checked the last box on the 93-page, 1,400-item check list (whew!) and started the 20 consecutive draw span tests around 2 p.m. today. You can watch the progress on our bridge traffic camera. We'll provide updates every two hours.
There are still a few punch list items we're working through, but nothing that will affect or delay the "20-cycle" tests.
That's the latest from the hardworking engineers technicians and construction workers who have brought us so much success and removed half of the world's longest floating bridge over saltwater and replacing it, along with two trusses, in a little over a month. My hat's off to these guys.
We're almost there.
The tests are expected to take anywhere from 8-10 hours, but this timeframe is wholly dependent on how things go. If test No. 2, or 12 or 19 raises serious concerns or fails, we're back at square one.
We don't want to have this happen anymore than people who have added hours to their daily commutes. However, it is a condition -- that means almost isn't good enough -- that must be met before we can reopen the bridge.
We'll do our best to keep everyone posted as things progress.