This past week of August 23, we continued erecting structural steel girders for the new westbound bridge.  Thirty-three (33) of the forty-two (42) girders have been placed, including splicing of girder sections together and placement of cross frames that tie the girders to each other. The temporary tower for steel erection in Span P3 (between Pier 3 [easternmost pier] and Abutment 2 [eastern abutment]) was removed.

During the week of August 30, steel delivery and erection will continue.  By the end of the week, we anticipate that all girders will be erected except for the six girders that are directly over the navigation channel. Those six will be erected after Labor Day, with notification as follows:

For the safety of the boating public, the navigable channel will be closed to marine traffic from Tuesday, September 7 through Friday, September 10 and from Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17 for erection of structural steel over the channel.  The channel will be open during the weekend of September 11-12.  Additional signing will be installed prior to the closure.  If the steel erection is complete prior to September 17, the channel will be re-opened at that time and notification provided.