No Walking Across Hood Canal Bridge

The in basket : Bill Schaefer of Port Ludlow, who says he just moved here from the East Coast, asks ” Can you tell me if pedestrians/runners are allowed across the Hood Canal Bridge? I saw people walking across the bridge the other day and have not seen signs prohibiting walking across bridge. I would love to run/walk across the bridge.”


The in basket : Bill Schaefer of Port Ludlow, who says he just moved here from the East Coast, asks ” Can you tell me if pedestrians/runners are allowed across the Hood Canal Bridge? I saw people walking across the bridge the other day and have not seen signs prohibiting walking across bridge. I would love to run/walk across the bridge.”
The out basket: I don’t know if Bill missed the signs or there just aren’t any, but Becky Hixson, the communications manager on the bridge project, says, “For everyone’s safety, pedestrians are not allowed on the Hood Canal Bridge. There aren’t any sidewalks on the bridge and although the west half of the bridge now has eight-foot shoulders, the shoulders on the east half of the bridge are very narrow! ”
Trooper Jill Hannem of the State Patrol here said a trooper who comes across a pedestrian or runner on the bridge probably would just head the person to the closest shore if it wasn’t too far, or give the person a ride if they were well offshore.
It would be a $101 fine if the officer decides a citation is warranted.

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