One of the last handrails is lowered into place Friday as part of the Omega Bridge Project. The work is being performed by the Logisticts group, a LANL internet workforce. Photo by Gayle Geis-O’Dowd/LANL
A welder is welding the handrail to the mounting bracket. There is a spark shield in front of the welder to keep the sparks from dropping on the ground and causing a fire. In addition to the spark shield, the crews wet the ground below the weld area to further reduce the chance of fire. Photo by Gayle Geis-O’Dowd/LANL
Project Superintendent Kevin James shows bolts installed to secure a new handrail. Photo by Gayle Geis-O’Dowd/LANL
Work continues on the west side of the Omega Bridge. Crews are painting the handrails and preparing to add a fence to increase pedestrian safety. They will then be installing gutters to capture rainwater to increase the safety of the bridge.
Pedestrian/bike access continues to be CLOSED 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Barriers are being removed as close to 4 p.m. as possible, for access during off-construction hours, but pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution if using the pathway.
The estimated duration for work to be completed on the west side of the bridge is three weeks, and the overall project is scheduled to take 6-8 weeks, weather and schedule dependent.
To avoid congestion and delays, consider using Atomic City Transit as a bus option to cross the bridge. Check out the Route 1 (downtown circulator bus) schedule here:
Motorists are reminded to slow down in the construction area; the speed limit is 15 mph. Allow extra time for your commute during peak travel time.