Claudia Bingham Baker , WSDOT Communications, 360-357-2789 (Tumwater)
TACOMA – Drivers who were preparing for the April 26 weekend closure of the westbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge can take a breather. A project to replace a problematic expansion joint has been delayed a few weeks.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and its contractor, Mowat Construction, learned Friday, April 12, that the new expansion joint, which is being fabricated specifically for this bridge, will not be ready in time. The work and associated traffic restrictions will more likely occur in mid-May.
A new closure date will be announced once WSDOT can verify a new schedule with certainty. This delay will not affect the overall contract schedule or budget.