Down Under
Mowat crews continue to add steel and concrete to the growing support structure under the bridge approaches. Of the twenty-one new columns under the north approach (in four rows of four columns each plus one with five), eight columns will have been poured by the end of this week.

Under the south approach, the last of the newly installed micro-piles will be tensioned this week so the footings for these columns can be formed over the next few weeks.

36th Street Work
The pavement and curb on the south side of North 36th-between Rudy's and Clear Cut Plastics-has been removed and a pathway of crushed rock lain down. This temporary path will provide access to the businesses as the new sidewalk is formed and poured in sections over the next few weeks.

Fremont Avenue
New traffic signal pole foundations will be installed in February at two intersections on Fremont Avenue: at North 36th and 35th Streets. This will involve temporary parking restrictions and sidewalk closures adjacent to the work area as the crews remove pavement, place conduit, pour the foundations and restore the sidewalk. Work has begun at 36th Street and is expected to move to North 35th Street in 2-3 weeks.

Bridge Way
Weather has delayed this construction and, with it, the anticipated restriction against west-bound trucks more than 12 feet high crossing under Aurora Avenue (SR 99) at North 38th Street. The detour route for tall trucks (to North 46th Street) will not go into effect before the end of next week.

  Interurban Statue Moves to History House 2/3/06
Fremont's landmark "People Waiting for the Interurban" statue will be moved tomorrow to History House, on North 34th Street at Troll Avenue North, two blocks east of its current location.

The famous Richard Beyer statue will remain in front of History House for approximately the next 15 months before returning to the traffic island where it was installed in 1978. The traffic island will be demolished and rebuilt in the next phase of the bridge approach replacement project.

The pergola which covers the statue will be moved into storage tomorrow, also returning to the island when construction is completed.

Troll Avenue Traffic Circle
A new traffic circle has been installed in front of the Fremont Troll (in the intersection of North 36th Street and the newly recently renamed Troll Avenue North-under the Aurora Bridge). This circle was designed to slow traffic while still allowing tour buses (amphibious and street-bound) to navigate the turn.

Another, more conventional, traffic circle is planned for 36th Street a block further west at the intersection of Linden Avenue.

For More Info
If you have questions or concerns regarding the project please call SDOT Project Manager Lorelei Mesic at 206-684-5178 or lorelei.mesic@seattle.gov. Also, businesses may contact Art Brochet at 206-547-1008 or art@muirpr.com.

And-as always-Seattle's award winning website is a great place for details, history and links. Click here to go return to the Bridge Approach project webpage.