PHOTOS: ‘Paving the Way’ on Sylvester Road Bridge, which could open this week

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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.

Sidewalk Pour: Finally, predictable dry weather gives the contractors a break. The teams are assembled and the long awaited pour is on.

Upper Left: Philip Noriega uses a powerful air blast to clean and prepare the paving area.

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.

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5 Responses to “PHOTOS: ‘Paving the Way’ on Sylvester Road Bridge, which could open this week”
  1. J W says:

    Are we seeing the light at the end of the tunnel at last? YAY!

    • Brett Fish says:

      Let there be light! Do we want to wait or deal with lane closures?

      They are currently installing mandatory guard rails and must paint the traffic stripes and fog lines (weather dependent) before King County will allow traffic.

      Street sweeping is ongoing and most of the heavy equipment is outta’ there, most of the cyclone fences removed.

      Future details that could be done after the opening include painting the pedestrian rails and in May, the clean up under the bridge and replanting.

      This is still a construction site until the signs come down so NO trespassing-!

  2. Bruce Romero says:

    There seems to be very little equipment there this evening when I drove by the east end of the bridge.

    I cannot wait to drive across and I bet the folks on the detour route will be happy to see it open.

    Thanks Brett for keeping up up to date!

    • Drew says:

      Hope they took advantage of the good weather earlier this week to paint the stripes and the lines, would hate to have that be the only delay at this point since it’s looking pretty wet every day for the next 4 to 5 days.
      Thanks for the updates, Brett. I drove by the east side yesterday as well and it looked like just the one bulldozer remaining. Fantastic looking bridge!

  3. Brett Fish says:


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