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Port of Tacoma demolition work may cause noise and force detours Friday

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Dec. 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm with No Comments »
December 18, 2008 1:45 pm

Don’t worry about all those loud noises coming from the Port of Tacoma tomorrow. Everything’s fine. There’s nothing to see. Go about your business.

According to a release this afternoon, the port

will be hosting demolition work Friday, and that work “might cause brief noise.”

Noise, and possible detours along Taylor Way. Demolition contractors expect to close northern sections of Taylor Way for up to 30 minutes Friday morning as they demolish old structures on the Tideflats.

Businesses on the north end of the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula and residents in Northeast Tacoma might hear noise and feel vibrations between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m. as the contractors cut through old steel structures.

The demolition is part of ongoing work to remove 56 structures from former chemical manufacturers, power plants, warehouses, offices and shipbuilding and lumber milling facilities to make way for the Port of Tacoma’s Blair-Hylebos Peninsula redevelopment plans.

UPDATE from Kathleen Cooper: Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina says contractor R.W. Rhine will be tearing down an steel smokestack that’s 220 feet tall. It was part of the city’s old steamplant. Workers already have cut a hole in one side of the smokestack, and they’ll use torches to cut another hole to bring it down.

Mattina said she’s checking with the project manager to make sure the demolition is still a go, what with the weather changing so rapidly. If they decide to delay, we’ll post it here.

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