We have lift off!
Late Sunday evening, Sept.22, the contractor used the four large lifting towers to raise the bridge 36 feet. After the bridge was at full elevation, the contractor moved the transporters, loaded with the crib stack, underneath it. The weight of the bridge was still being held by both the lifting towers and the cribbing on the transporters for the night.
Today the contractor used stands to support the crib stacks as they removed the transporters. Climbing jacks, that have nine inches of adjustment capability, were installed on the transporters. The two sets of transporters will be driven back under the crib stack and then moved sideways to a wider distance from each other. The bridge weight will then be transferred to the transporters and crib stack and secured for movement.
Next steps: The south lifting towers will be removed to begin the process of preparing the road area for moving the bridge up onto the railroad tracks. The first movement of the bridge on the transporters and cribbing will be to the south from the current location.
Final movement and placement of the bridge over the railroad tracks is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, but is dependent on several factors including final authorization by the railroad. If the installation date should change, that will be shared.
Contact the Public Works 24-hour dispatch at (425) 257-8821 with questions or concerns.
Good to know
- Watching the bridge move and placement on the time-lapse camera online is encouraged (using the full screen mode select the film strip icon at the lower left-hand side to advance in five minute increments or refresh your browser to update the image).
- A short high-quality video that explains how the bridge will be lifted and moved into place is available on the project webpage everettwa.gov/GAPB and on the City of Everett Facebook and Twitter accounts. Sharing the video is encouraged!
- West Marine View Drive was closed to through traffic from 13th to 18th Streets on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and will be closed through Thursday, Sept. 26. A pedestrian exclusion zone is in force in and around the work site, and the pedestrian waterfront trail and sidewalk will be closed north of Lombardi’s Restaurant. During the closure, access to or from the ADA dock must be arranged with the contractor.
- For more information, visit everettwa.gov/GAPB.