Update: Here’s a photo from WSDOT of last night’s work:
Earlier: WSDOT is warning North Queen Anne neighbors that they may hear noisy construction work from midnight tonight (Tuesday) until 5 a.m. Wednesday, as they lift the Aurora Bridge three-quarters of an inch. The bridge will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. for northbound lanes and midnight for southbound lanes, reopening at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.
It’s all part of an ongoing earthquake retrofitting project that you may have noticed if you’ve driven along 6th Ave. N. under the bridge.
Crews are installing new one ton bearings that will allow the bridge to gently sway during an earthquake. Work on the bridge deck takes place this week and next month as crews replace the bearings and lower the bridge back into place. Crews are nearly done with the project on the Fremont size of the bridge, and WSDOT expects the Queen Anne work to be completed by August.
Those lane closures along 6th Ave. N will continue Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., until the end of August. Crews are building a skeletal system for the extra steel that will be attached to the existing girders, WSDOT says. Here’s the project page with more information.