Forbes Creek Bridge closure

98th Avenue Northeast closed at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 for the first of up to seven nights while the contractor Kirkland hired to retrofit the Forbes Creek Bridge for an earthquake made the first of two six-inch cuts to two of the bridge’s eight columns.

Razz Construction, the contractor, reopened the road at 5 a.m. today. The contractor will close the road at 8 p.m. and reopen it at 5 a.m. for much of the next week.

The cut creates space for bearings that will allow the bridge deck to absorb the lateral motion of an earthquake.

The contractor, Razz Construction, will cut the second column tonight.

Mitchell Sorestad, Razz Construction’s project manager, said his crews have another three weeks of work remaining.

For the last week and a half, his crews have been building a steel frame that supports the bridge’s middle section while its columns are out of commission. They spent much of the night completing that steel frame.