PHOTOS: ‘Paving the Way’ on Sylvester Road Bridge, which could open this week
Photos & Story by Brett Fish
Sidewalk and Paving on the Sylvester Road Bridge Construction finally gets a weather break!
Wet winter weather has been an issue throughout the construction and completion of the Sylvester Road Bridge. While waiting, the support towers have been removed along with most construction materials.
The sidewalk has been poured, rockery installed and on Friday (March 23) – PAVING the approaches began.
Estimates are for the bridge to be open for traffic at least part-time some time this coming week.
Here are the most recent photos (click images to see larger versions):
Upper left: The last truckload of tower framework leaves the site.
Upper right: Concrete shouldn’t be poured in rain or ponding happens. The forms and re-bar sit ready.
Lower left & right: Meanwhile, AAA Rockery constructs the berm on the east end.
Upper right: Don scrapes splatter off the barriers.
Lower left: Jered Rockey and Josh Smith put the finishing touches on the pedestrian access tile.
Lower right: preview of the pedestrian barriers and freshly poured sidewalk.
Northwest Asphalt of Renton begins the final paving which is expected to be completed Friday. Monday, center stripes and fog lines will be painted. William Parsons from King County monitors and tests the compaction of each coarse of asphalt. Two “lifts” (layers) are applied known as a base and wearing lift.
About 80-90 tons of asphalt at 2.08 tons per cubic yard will be compacted to 92-96 pounds per cubic foot.
The giant support towers were mostly disassembled but some beams were so big they had to be cut apart for transportation. SB Structures “job boss” Josh Land and Justin Tooman cut the beams during another snow day.