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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 22, 2015
Contact: Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT Communications
  360.357.2789
No: 2015-004

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.

Additional Resources

Agate Pass Bridge Project Information Sheet

WSDOT bridge inspection program

SR 305 - Olympic Region Bridge Cleaning Program

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Last Updated:  January 22, 2015