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January 16, 2005
Last cable bundle on the west platform, channel side finished. 16th cable bundle on the east platform, approach side completed.

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West Pylon

East Pylon

January 16, 2005:

West Approach

East Approach:
Click on this photo and you can see that there are 2 open holes near the top of the pylon, waiting for cables 15 and 16. After the last two edge girders are in place, its finger crossing time. One last edge girder about 10.5 feel long will be cut to size for joining the two platforms.

West Approach:
East Approach:

Note the cable bundle on the second of the triple anchors on the last edge girder.

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