People who choose to get around on two wheels or by water will face some unique challenges starting May 1 when the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge closes for six weeks.
Due to ongoing construction on the bridge during the replacement project, boaters will have to stay informed on whether bridge-related work will affect their routes. They can accomplish this several ways, including:
- Calling the live project information line at 1-877-595-4222
- Following construction updates at http://www.hoodcanalbridge.com/
- Reading answers to FAQs written specifically for boaters
Bicyclists can travel across Hood Canal on the water shuttle, but are reminded that the vessels can only accommodate five bicycles per sailing. Transit buses – which must be taken between the water shuttle docks and the Port Gamble park and ride in Kitsap County, and the Gateway Visitors Center park and ride in Jefferson County – can only accommodate three bicycles per trip.
For the safety of bicyclists and drivers, the only vehicles that will be allowed direct access to the water shuttle docks include transit, approved buses and emergency service vehicles. As stated earlier, this means bicyclists won’t be allowed to bike down to water shuttle docks to catch the passenger-only boat across.
We’re reminding boaters and bicyclists that although the temporary bridge closure won’t be easy, the new bridge will feature improvements that will make their travels much easier and safer for years to come. More reliable openings will help mariners as they journey in and out of Hood Canal and wider lanes and 8-foot shoulders across the bridge will create a much safer passage for bicyclists.
What do you think about the travel options for bicyclists and boaters?