Crews started drilling holes Monday, and will soon place two temporary steel support towers on either side of pier 22. The DOT said they will help stabilize the bridge and keep the deck from sagging further. The towers could go in as early as next week.
Also lateral supports will be put in place at the top of some neighboring piers. So if any settling were to occur nearby, it would do so vertically, and not tilt or tip.
"I've read some of the comments where people might be thinking that once we get these in place, the bridge is going to reopen," said Kim Rudat, DOT Regional Communications Manager. "The bridge is not going to reopen. This is just to stabilize the structure and keep things safer for the workers out on site."
According to the DOT, the cost to construct and install the two support towers is $1.57 million. That money will come from federal emergency funds.
The DOT is hoping to announce a permanent fix and an expected timeline sometime in the next few weeks.