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Aug. 31, 2009 at 6:46am

Hylebos Bridge Under Wraps

But more importantly under construction!

Remember Tim Quigg of failed Winthrop restoration fame? Well, his admittedly accomplished construction company Quigg Bros. is legitimately here and helping fix up another of the laughable (yet, imho, truly lovable) icons of our gritty, hardscrabble past and present: the Hylebos Waterway Bridge. Yesterday morning I noticed a couple large, vertical bright white  structures all the way across the tide flats while driving into Old Town from atop the hill on the North End. Curious, I stopped by this evening and, sure enough, my guess was right and it's the Hylebos Bridge with restoration work already under way. Check it out!


The view from Old Town

According to the City's Hylebos Bridge project webpage the $15 million contract will aim to restore the bridge as another necessary emergency outlet for all the people working in and around the Port. The span, fixed in the up position since 2001, will have it mechanical and electrical systems repaired as well as upgrades to both approaches which are currently partially supported by lumber that's not doing so well.

Many more photos from a couple of my own outings here and here

comments [11]  |  posted under hylebos bridge, port of tacoma, quigg, repair, restoration, tacoma

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by morgan on 8/31/2009 @ 6:51am
Wow! Very cool!!!

They should leave it wrapped! Reminds me of environmental artist, Christo:
www.elizabethleach.com/Shows-Detail.cfm?...
and wiki:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christo_and_Jeanne...

by KevinFreitas on 8/31/2009 @ 6:54am
Here's a couple other pics I snapped of the Hylebos Bridge amidst some January 2009 fog:





@morgan: Ha! It's definitely a bit Christo-esque!

by NineInchNachos on 8/31/2009 @ 8:45am
I immediately thought of christo. Not sure why the arts commission isn't all over this rebranding as a performance art piece

by fredo on 8/31/2009 @ 9:10am
It's nice to see that people can find beauty in a common construction project. Once people discover that we are surrounded by beauty they will discover there is no need to augment the supply with $3000 graffiti murals.

by morgan on 8/31/2009 @ 9:20am
Fredo: are you suggesting the City of Tacoma wrap every blighted building in the city?

by NineInchNachos on 8/31/2009 @ 9:34am
the luzon could have certainly benefited from an indefinite stay in a plastic cocoon

by NineInchNachos on 8/31/2009 @ 12:23pm
kevin's last photo of the bridge, you can make out the beginnings of a donated graffiti mural.

by fredo on 8/31/2009 @ 12:44pm
Morgan@ to wrap every blighted building in Tacoma would set the taxpayers back quite a bit. My posting recommended that citizens see the beauty in the world that's all around them and avoid unneccesary and expensive adornments.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/31/2009 @ 12:44pm
I saw the white wrappers while I was out inspecting the floating roof on one the 300000 bbl tanks this morning.

Looks like some cRAzY modern art piece. Me likes it!

by Erik on 8/31/2009 @ 12:54pm
Crazy. Looks like a Transformer attack!

by KevinFreitas on 11/2/2009 @ 6:50am
The wrap is off and crews have been hard at work removing the approaches on either side of the bridge:







From my numerous previous visit to the bridge I recall the approaches were made of a timber supports holding up a wood deck with the road asphalt on top of that. Yeah, not exactly modern construction. Glad to see progress here though!

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