|| January 22, 2015
|| Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT
Long traffic delays coming to SR
305 Agate Pass Bridge February 9-28
Daytime lane closures needed for bridge deep-clean and inspection
(Port Orchard, WA) – The Washington State
Department of Transportation is advising motorists of significant delays
expected on SR 305 at the Agate Pass Bridge beginning Monday, February 9.
Traffic will be restricted to a single alternating lane between 8:45 a.m.
and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends
through Saturday, February 28.
“We know that daytime closures will cause traffic delays, and we wouldn’t be
doing the work this way unless we thought it was absolutely necessary. We
want to make sure that nothing, not the crews, the equipment, the driving
public or the bridge, are damaged in this process,” said WSDOT Assistant
Region Administrator Troy Cowan. “We’re doing everything we can work safely
and efficiently, including working seven days a week and having multiple
crews working above and below the bridge every day.”
WSDOT anticipates lengthy traffic delays at the bridge while the work is
under way. Drivers should plan extra time into their trips, minimize
discretionary trips, use the bridge before or after the work hours, or
consider adjusting work schedules during this time.
Work hours were coordinated with the Washington State Ferries schedule to
minimize impacts to ferry users. Ferry service will not be affected, however
drivers are advised to add additional travel time to reach the Bainbridge
Island ferry terminal. Ferry users are also encouraged to consider using the
Bremerton or Kingston ferries during this time.
The last time the Agate Pass Bridge received such an in-depth cleaning was
in 1991 when it was last painted. Cleaning the bridge improves the
efficiency of WSDOT’s rigorous bridge inspection program and ensures the
maintenance and repairs extend the bridge’s useful life for years to come.
The 1,020 foot-long Agate Pass Bridge is used by 22,000 vehicles each day.
During the seven hours between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., SR 305 carries about 4,600
vehicles in each direction.
Agate Pass Bridge Project Information Sheet
WSDOT bridge inspection program
SR 305 - Olympic Region Bridge Cleaning Program