Midtown Greenway reroute to remain in place until late December
Crews are working hard to expedite this year's remaining Fremont Avenue Bridge replacement activities and are adjusting schedules to reopen the Midtown Greenway trail underneath as soon as possible.
Because the work near the Greenway is taking longer than anticipated, we need to delay the reopening of the trail until late December.
We are completing critical underground work now with the goal of avoiding additional long-term trail closures of the Greenway in spring and summer 2020 when use of the trail is at its highest.
Maintaining the reroute
Greenway users should continue to use the signed reroute. We are coordinating with project partners to provide winter maintenance along the reroute until we reopen the Greenway at Fremont Avenue.
Crews make additional adjustments to ensure shoring supports deep excavation
Crews have been building a temporary shoring system needed to support deep excavation activities. Unfortunately due to the complex work site, it took additional time to design and install the shoring system.
Shoring is a critical safety measure. It provides stability at the excavated work site and ensures a safe space for our crews to work in. These excavations are required to complete critical underground work, including installing the city watermain and constructing the new bridge foundation.
Last week, crews hit an important milestone. They completed all required shoring work and piling on the north end of the bridge.
Excavations and underground activities continue next week
Starting next week, crews will continue to work on:
- Finishing required piling work on the south end of the bridge
- Completing deep excavations to start underground activities
- Installing the city watermain
- Constructing the new bridge foundation
- Backfilling the excavated area
These activities are anticipated to take until December to complete. When complete, crews will construct and reopen the trail.
The photo above shows the temporary shoring system on the Greenway at Fremont Avenue. Shoring allows crews to safely make deep excavations to install the city watermain and construct the new bridge foundation.
As construction activities progress, we will keep you informed and provide schedule updates on the trail reopening.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to complete underground activities.