Thursday, May 31, 2007

Celebrate the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on July 15

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge public celebration finally was announced yesterday. The celebration, which will take place July 15, honors the communities the bridge serves, the drivers who will use it every day, and the men and women who put in more than 3.5 million work hours to construct the new bridge. That's a tall order, but we think we're up for it.

We're planning for a lot of people. There will be shuttles from remote lots. We will have comfort stations along the route. And you can expect plenty of "ribbon" to be cut throughout the day. But bring your walking shoes. You should expect to walk a couple of miles during a trip across the bridge and back.

Here's how it's shaping up so far:
Type of event: Community celebration that gives guests full bridge deck access.
Activities: 5K bridge run (sponsored by MultiCare), activity stations with once-in-a-life-time photo opportunities, general public ribbon cuttings, an official dedication.
Event duration: Run begins at 8 a.m.Deck opens for viewing between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. We will begin clearing the deck at 4 p.m. to get ready to open the bridge to traffic the next day.

More information will be posted at the project web site as we move closer to the date - so check back often. Contact Victoria Tobin, WSDOT's TNB opening coordinator, at (206) 375-2412 if you have more questions.

1 comment:

The Geezer said...

So, it is free to cross the first week to salute all the hard working taxpayers that gave their all, purchasing gasoline and paying their state taxes to make this thing happen, right?

Where do I pick up my free tickets?

Uh, what? You say, tough? No free ride? Just another example of how the government cares about you, and appreciates yer business. Oh, yeah, that's right; the gub'mint GIVES you the business!

/rant, but not for long.

The Geezer

Used to ride my bicycle over the old bridge, in my frivolous youth, just a year or two ago. Toll, 10 Cents, but if you talk nice to the man, and you stay on the sidewalk like he says, he would let you pass free. The ride over to Fox Island was great, save for the time there was this bear in the road, and we had to wait him out for 10 minutes. Can't imagine that same road not having a car on it for 10 minutes these days, no siree Bob!

Thanks for letting the Geez reminisce. But I will still wait for my free pass in the mail.