Chihuly Bridge of Glass to be closed for a week

They say you shouldn’t cross a bridge until you get to it. Crossing won’t be an option for a little while at the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, as the bridge will close for one week, April 14-April 20, pending weather conditions, to complete the surfacing of the bridge.

The middle portion of the bridge will remain closed the entire week for an additional coat of material.

The east and west portions will open in just three to four days, allowing citizens and visitors to enjoy the art on the bridge.

The Pacific Northwest’s fickle weather could force the work to go on a bit longer.

The bridge opened on time in July 2002, but it had not received its final surfacing coat.

It fared fine through the winter, but the surface now should be finished.

While the bridge is closed, the city will also recondition and paint the benches along the bridge deck. Tracy’s Quality Painting will perform the surfacing and painting for $17,620.

The bulk of the costs – for surfacing the deck – was part of the bridge’s original budget.

Tacoma has notified the organiztions around the bridge and has also posted signs on the bridge notifying the public of the upcoming closure.

Pedestrians will find an alternate route between Pacific Avenue and Dock Street at South 15th Street.

The Chihuly Bridge of Glass links pedestrians from Tacoma’s waterfront with its developing cultural corridor along Pacific Avenue.

The bridge contains the world’s largest, permanent outdoor display of Dale Chihuly’s glass art.