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Notice of Upcoming Weekend Work: Delivery of Connector Bridge Feb. 27 and 28

  • Image: Hospital addition connector bridge.For Saturday, Feb. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 28, we have secured special permits to allow for delivery of a large connector bridge, seen in the rendering, which will join the existing hospital to the new addition.
      
  • The connector bridge is 102 feet long, 11 feet wide and 19 feet high, and requires special provisions for its transport and delivery.
     
  • We will begin work on site at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and will work into the night and through Sunday, ending work at 6 p.m.
     
  • Seneca Street, between Boren and Terry avenues, will be closed to traffic Saturday afternoon (Feb. 27) through Sunday evening (Feb. 28).
     
  • This delivery and installation will result in noise within the permitted limits set by the city, but because it will occur in off hours, it may be more noticeable and disruptive. We apologize in advance for any disturbance; it will be of limited duration. Noise will result mainly from running diesel engines and installing a mobile crane and the connector bridge.
     
  • Detailed schedule of activities:
     
    • On Saturday, Feb. 27, we will set up two large boom trucks on Seneca west of Boren. These trucks will facilitate removal of Metro Transit trolley lines along Seneca in the afternoon. 
       
    • A large mobile crane will be delivered to the site around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, to facilitate the unloading and positioning of the connector bridge.
       
    • Delivery of the connector bridge under police escort is scheduled for 4:30 a.m. (Feb. 28). 
       
    • Work crews will work throughout the day Feb. 28 to install the connector bridge.

Weekday Work

  • We are finishing work at the pedestrian corridor at the Seneca drop-off zone in front of the hospital lobby and will return it back to its previous configuration by Monday, March 1.
     
  • We continue construction work on the roof to build a visual screen around the cooling units. We will begin installing siding in coming weeks.
     
  • We continue to apply the final façade layer, consisting of fiber cement panels, window elements and brick, along Spring, Boren and Seneca.
     
  • Very few concrete pours remain. When they occur, Seneca and Boren will be limited to one lane in each direction for the duration of the pour.
     
  • Residents may hear an air horn on occasion to alert workers that a heavy load is about to be lifted across the construction site.
     
  • View our webcam at VirginiaMason.org/construction.

Temporary Closure of Patient Drop-Off Area on Seneca

  • For the safety of pedestrians and construction workers, the drop-off area will remain closed to vehicular traffic until May, when work on the connector between the existing hospital and the addition is scheduled to be complete.
     
  • The alternate drop-off and pick-up locations in front of the Emergency Department, Lindeman Pavilion and Buck Pavilion remain in effect until that time.
     
  • Staff and patients can use both crosswalks and the sidewalk to access the hospital easily through the protected breezeway.

Sidewalk and Street Closures

  • Spring Street - Spring Street between Boren Avenue and Terry Avenue is closed to through traffic 24 hours a day. The north sidewalk between Boren and Terry is closed 24 hours a day. The south sidewalk, however, is open to pedestrians at all times.
     
  • Boren Avenue - When required for deliveries, the westward southbound lane on Boren between Seneca and Spring will be closed during normal construction hours and open after construction hours. The sidewalk will be closed 24 hours a day.
     
  • Seneca Street - Parking on the north and south side of Seneca continues to be unavailable temporarily (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, north side; 24 hours/seven days a week, south side). For the time being, the south sidewalk on Seneca between Boren and Terry will be closed. The north sidewalk will be open.
     
  • Parking Spaces - The four parking stalls west of Boren on only the south side of Seneca will continue to be closed to parking.

For More Information or Questions
For more information about the addition, including an image gallery, please visit VirginiaMason.org/construction. You may also call our construction hotline, (206) 341-1511, any time to leave questions or concerns. We also ask that you use this hotline as a way to report unusual activity on or around the site.

In Closing
Thank you for your patience throughout the construction period. We apologize for the inconvenience these activities may cause. As updated information becomes available, we will share it with you.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the construction activities, please contact:

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