the word on the street December 5, 2006

Demolition Nearly Done, Rebuilding Begun
Demolition of the old bridge approach structure is now largely complete, slowed only a bit by November's record-breaking rains and by last week's icy conditions. Although some hand demolition remains and debris is still being removed, the focus is now on building a mirror image to the recently completed east half of the bridge approaches.

Late Night Bridge Closures Next Week...
There will be closures of the bridge to all vehicular traffic between 10PM and 6AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights next week (12/12, 12/13 and 12/14).

The closures are needed to safely place prefabricated sections of the concrete water quality vault (the first 2 nights) and the girders for the span closest to North 34th Street (Thursday night).

Pedestrians and bicycles will be able to cross intermittently during the closure, but not when the crane is lifting loads.

New girders will be also placed on the columns south of the ship canal next Monday (12/11) but this will be done without affecting traffic by using a crane on Florentia Street.

..And Again in January
Another round of closures after the holidays will be needed to place girders over the last four spans on the north side of the ship canal. These closures will also be at night, and are currently scheduled for the first Wednesday and Thursday in January (1/3 and 1/4) and the Monday and Tuesday of the following week (1/8 and 1/9).

Although there will be more short-term closures of the bridge to traffic (for work on the electro-mechanical systems that raise and lower the bascules), these will not take place until after the bridge is reopened to two lanes of traffic in each direction.

  Pouring Concrete Instead of Rain
Mowat crews hope to find a window of weather without torrential rain (or sub-freezing temperatures) so they can pour concrete on the west half of the traffic island at 34th and Fremont. (This is where the "People Waiting for the Interurban" once stood-and will stand again once construction is complete.)

Concrete will also replace the mud just east of the Nickerson Street Saloon parking lot, and in the strip along North 36th Street in front of Habitude, Railey's & Tst, as soon as things dry out a little.

Fremont Bridge Among Top Ten
Roads and Bridges magazine included the Fremont Bridge as one of the top bridges in its annual review of current (or recently completed) projects, citing the method of keeping half the bridge open during construction and efforts to minimize noise and vibration in an urban location.


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.