Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Weather taking toll on commuters and workers


Get ready for another windy night on Hood Canal.

If the wind kicks up and the seas become unsafe for the water shuttles, the service wil be delayed or canceled.

Watch the weather reports and plan ahead, and explore other options for getting around. We'll let you know right away if the weather forces disruptions to the water-shuttle service.

Poor weather is also affecting work activities on the bridge project. The wind and choppy seas make the work more dangerous, and the workers more cautious.

The rain is also playing a role, as WSDOT maintenance crews pumped 60,000 gallons of standing water out of the Port Gamble park and ride and into trucks that took it off site.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does the water have to be pumped into trucks and hauled off? Can't the water just be pumped out of where you don't want it into the sound?

John F. said...

Though unrelated to this report, I'd like to submit a suggestion that might make things easier for drivers using the Shine Pit and Port Gamble parking lots. The parking lots, as is generally the case, are large, featurless, expanses, with no landmarks that drivers can relate to when parking and recovering their cars. It would be helpful if the parking lanes could be numbered, perhaps using the bright orange spray paint used by utility location crews. I suspect that numbering the parking lanes would be of considerable benefit to those of us older folk who are slightly memory impared and don't enjoy wandering around the parking lots like lost souls.

The Geezer said...

Hey, Irwin, nice job of communicating the service suspensions. You have been right on top of this.

Tell the short guy with the goatee ta give yas a raise.

The Geezer

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Sorry about the delay folks, even I need a day of every now and then...

The water had to be pumped and dumped elsewhere -- other than the Puget Sound -- because of its turbidity. Look at any large parking lot and you'll get the idea, just add water.

Dumping this turbid water in the Sound wouldn't have been very environmentally friendly, so it was taken elsewhere.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

John F. It's not just the older community that gets lost in parking lots. I've had "lost soul" syndrome myself -- in front of my own house from time to time.

It's a great suggestion, we're just not sure how to implement it because the park and rides are gravel and as a result it's extremely difficult to make certain that any numbering could last the duration of the project -- not to mention the weather.

It might be even more confusing to put the numbers and then have them get washed out by one of our infamous spring storms.