The Hood Canal bridge is closing for six weeks beginning May 1,
and a couple of my cohorts at the Kitsap Sun want to know what that
will mean for you?
Is your commute going to be a slog? Maybe that family fishing
trip is being postponed. Do you see any upsides to the closure?
(Less traffic around the bridge, or parks that are less
Tells us your story. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
including your contact information, or call reporter Derek Sheppard
at (360) 792-9212 or Brynn Grimley at (360) 792-5242.
While Derek and Grim are doing that, I’ll be writing about some
other aspects of the bridge. It’ll all be put together in a big
package coming to you soon.
Washington State Ferries has made several boat moves in the past
few days, the result of the Elwha breaking down in the San Juans
and regularly scheduled maintenance.
When the 144-car Elwha was yanked on Wednesday, it was replaced by
the 87-car Evergreen State from the interisland route and the
Evergreen State was replaced by the only backup boat available, the
34-car Hiyu. The Evergreen State was too slow for such a long
route, causing service delays, so it was replaced by the 144-car
Hyak, which just finished its annual inspection.
The Evergreen State was moved to the triangle route, replacing the
same-sized Tillikum, which went in for its annual inspection. The
sizes are a wash, but the Evergreen State has no galley service or
And some more dominos. The 124-car Issaquah had to go into drydock
from the Mukilteo-Clinton route, so the same-sized Kitsap was moved
there from Bremerton and the Bremerton route got the 188-car Walla
Walla, which just got out of drydock. So Bremerton has extra
capacity now, but just for a week.
The Super ferry Elwha got pulled from service last week because
of a drive motor problem. It’s going to be at least a few more days
before they get it figured out and fixed.
I hope this isn’t contagious. We need to get through a couple more
years without any major breakdowns. The Kaleetan, Yakima and Hyak
have all had similar troubles.
I’ll try to check around about it tomorrow, but today I have to
write about the House transportation budget.
If you have any insight, let me know.
I grabbed the complete Senate transportation budget while in
Olympia Thursday. It has all the project numbers in the back. In
flipping through the highways, I didn’t find much locally.
The Belfair widening and safety improvements are down for $2.1
million in 2009-11, $13.3 million in 2011-13 and $2 million in
The Belfair Bypass got $3.8 million in the past, but won’t get
anymore. It shows $11.2 million in 2019+, but that money is make
There’s $9.9 million to finish the Burley-Olalla Interchange in
There’s $3.6 million for a Highway 307/104 safety corridor study
and spot improvements.
There’s this spring/summer’s work on Sedgwick Road from Highway
16 to Sedgwick Road, down for 3.6 million in 2009-11.
There’s $9.9 million in 2009-11 to finish off the Hood Canal
bridge, which this budget says has already gotten $489 million.
If you’re headed for I-5 Saturday night, you’ll have to detour
around some highway work. Highway 16 will be closed overnight while
crews install three street lights.
Eastbound traffic will get off at Union Avenue and use 38th
Street to reach I-5. If you don’t know the way, there’ll be signs,
or just follow the guy in front of you.
Crews prepping for upcoming construction work on the Hood Canal
bridge will cause nighttime delays for drivers.
Motorists can expect pilot car-controlled, one-way, alternating
and delays of up to 10 minutes Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to
A 50-year-old Gig Harbor man was arrested Wednesday for
allegedly sling-shotting ball bearings at Tacoma Narrows Bridge
toll booths. He was apparently upset about his treatment after his
“Good to Go” account expired.
On March 12, a toll booth attendant was covered with shattered
glass and had to close the booth. She wasn’t hurt. Two days later,
an unoccupied booth was hit.
Detectives checked surveillance footage and saw the same blue truck
driving through the toll plaza each time, and got the license plate
The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault,
second-degree malicious mischief and reckless endangerment.
More than a year and a half after the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge
opened, somebody jumped off Wednesday morning. According to the
State Patrol, at about 11 a.m., a man in a red sweatshirt walked
onto the bridge from the Tacoma side and at midspan, without
hesitating, jumped right over the side. The far right lane of the
old bridge was closed because the current was going north and
police were looking for him, but there was no backup. Several
rescue boats are still looking for the man. No car was left near
the bridge. Police are searching for an abandoned vehicle
I haven’t had time to look into it yet, but you can see it at
I’ll dig into it tomorrow. I did notice there’s $268 mi8llion for
Washington State Ferries construction. A public hearing is schedule
for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
This, according to David Moseley’s weekly update:
“In the past two weeks our vessel crews have performed three
separate rescues of boaters in distress. On Saturday, March 7,
around noon, the crew of the Steilacoom II launched its rescue boat
and pulled two kayakers from the water amid high winds and heavy
seas. On Saturday, March 14, the crew of the Kittitas launched its
rescue boat to assist the Mukilteo Fire Department in removing an
injured person from a sailboat in distress just offshore at
Mukilteo. On Monday evening, March 16, the crew of the Issaquah
rescued a kayaker in distress near the Fauntleroy terminal. The
crew of the rescue boat also went back to retrieve the kayak after
the boater was delivered safely to emergency medical personnel. I
want to thank all involved in these rescues for their courage,
professionalism and dedication.”