My name is Jennifer Caldwell and I work for the Hood Canal Bridge team as a document control specialist, but over the past few days I’ve been riding the water shuttle across the canal.
My assignment: answer questions people have about the bridge closure, transit and water schedules and other issues.
Some people have said they prefer the water shuttle to their normal commute. The shuttle provides amazing views. If you watch closely, you might even see some porpoises swimming around in the water.
Some people have suggested ways to improve our services, while others have commented about the inconvenience.
All of this, I expected. But one thing has stood out, and that’s the conversations people strike up on the water shuttle rides. They are sharing this challenge, and they have more in common than they knew.
They start talking and realize they are neighbors, know the same people, work at the same companies. It’s neat to watch and listen.
This is a small thing, I understand … but even during this time when people are faced with a challenge, there is good coming out of it.
So keep talking, keep getting to know one another, and keep asking me questions. We’ll get through this together.