Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What happens after the bridge reopens

A few days from now, the bridge will reopen to travelers. And when people are done dancing in the streets, high-fiving and enjoying the direct link across the Hood Canal... you might start wondering, "How the heck do I get to my car?"

Answers to this and other noodle scratchers are provided below. As usual, questions and comments are appreciated and anticipated.

WSDOT will continue to provide transportation services for the day the bridge reopens and one day after to help travelers return to their normal commute. Security will remain at the park and rides until the Sunday following the opening.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead. Bridge opening and get around information will be posted on the water shuttle, busses and transit stops prior to the reopening. For more information, call 1-877-595-4222.

Transportation details for night opening and day opening

Scenario One: Bridge opens at night

DAY ONE

- Water shuttle service will end.
- Transit connections between the park and rides would be by bus (instead of bus-boat-bus) every 30 minutes starting at 4 a.m.
- Clallam Transit’s express route will run to and from the Port Gamble Park and Ride.
- Jefferson Transit Route #7 will return to normal operations
- Starline Kitsap county-based service will continue per the established schedule
- The Port Townsend to Edmonds car ferry will end or be rerouted to Kingston as appropriate.
- Medical bus services will be provided Paratransit Services, Starline and Dungeness Line.
- Marine traffic restrictions will change. Check the notices to mariners.

DAY TWO

- Transit connections between the park and rides would be by bus every 30 minutes or as needed instead of bus-boat-bus starting at 4 a.m.
- Clallam Transit’s express route will run to and from the Port Gamble Park and Ride.
- Starline Kitsap county-based service will continue on an “as needed schedule.”
- Medical bus services will be provided by Paratransit Services, Starline and Dungeness Line.
- Marine traffic restrictions will change. Check the notices to mariners.

Scenario Two: Bridge opens during the day

DAY ONE

The existing transportation system would stay in place until the next day.
Marine traffic restrictions will change. Check the notices to mariners.

DAY TWO

- Water shuttle service will end.
- Transit connections between the park and rides would be by bus (instead of bus-boat-bus) every 30 minutes starting at 4 a.m.
- Clallam Transit’s express route will run to and from the Port Gamble Park and Ride.
- Jefferson Transit Route #7 will return to normal operations. Starline Kitsap county-based service will continue on an “as needed schedule.”
- The Port Townsend to Edmonds car ferry will end or be rerouted to Kingston as appropriate.
- Medical bus services will be provided Paratransit Services, Starline and Dungeness Line. Marine traffic restrictions will change.
- Check the notices to mariners.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great-but how are the drawspan tests going today?...I am driving around today, but if it opens tonight or in the early am, I won't...thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ok this tells us what is going to happen, but not when the bridge will open, did the 20 open/close test go ok. Everyone is saying that it is going to open today sometime, Tuesday, and insight to that?

Anonymous said...

The rumor on the shuttle is 8pm tonight. How are the tests comin'?

Anonymous said...

A few days from now? Does that mean the tests are not going well?

We can see the bridge from our house and the closings seem to get stalled right as the west road panel is moving down into place. Is that by design or is it indicative of trouble during testing and why there is a few more days?

Anonymous said...

yeah - what about tonight or tomorrow - I have to go to Seattle tomorrow. Do I plan to drive around and get up at 5:00 am or do I get to sleep in a wee bit longer!

Anonymous said...

ptleader.com is saying within hours but the blog within days.

Im so confused!!

Anonymous said...

So...what time is this thing going to open up?

Anonymous said...

So...what time is this thing going to open up?

Anonymous said...

Since when is the PT "Mis"Leader giving accurate info.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Hello all,

Thanks for your patience. We'll get a status update to everyone a little later today. Sorry for the delay on this... as soon as I get some news, so will you.

Anonymous said...

this blog is ridiculous they dont keep u posted like they promise its like there leading every one on people have stuff they need to do and plan for i believe they know when the bridge should re-open there just keepin us going

floating about said...

Will there still be connections to kingston ferry and winslow ferry from the park and ride for the day one, day two scenarios? Thank you!
Great job on the blog!!!!

Anonymous said...

The last entry (this one) stamp is "Posted by irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov at 10:46 AM". I have been on this site continuously since 0800 today and this entry did not show up until just after 2pm - which is why the comments don't start until 2:18pm. What is the real story?

oh78 said...

I know the glad-handing and photo ops are important and must happen. My question is: do I have to wait till the ribbon is cut to get accross the HCB to Silverdale or will the bridge be open to traffic before 11 am Saturday? Can the ribbon cutting be done out of the traffic lanes and get the cars moving early (say 7:30 am)?

Anonymous said...

I really can't believe all the whining that occurs on this blog. We have known about this closure for more that 10 years. Of course it is a hassel, but jeez learn to deal people, it's not a end of the world crisis. For future safety I hope they check, double check and even triple check before they open the bridge. If it takes another week so be it. I travel daily across the bridge and yeah it sucks having to do it this way, but as it may be life goes on. Peace

Anonymous said...

I see the web cam is back on.

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing that they did not do the testing of the draw span today, is this true or just rumor, and if they did not do it, why???????? And no fuel brought in for the water shuttle since they were supposed to leave on Wed, does this mean we have to swim across?????

Anonymous said...

I personally have asked for worst case dates for over a week now...and I can not get a straight answer. I know there will always be risk in anything we do or say, but please provide us your most informed estimate with the proper disclaimers. You may be thinking that you are managing expectations but what you are doing is telling the public that you can't manage and estimate a project effectively in a week of perfect weather.
What would be best case in Murphy did not show up? People are counting on you to plan their business and personal activities and you are supposed to serve this same public aren't you?

just me said...

I am on the board for the Medieval June Faire to be held in Port Gamble this weekend. I think it is awesome that you have done so much so quickly and that you might be open for the Faire that starts on Saturday for the general public. Great work and thank you.

Anonymous said...

The "scenarios" were very helpful, thank you.

But, for these scenarios, what time, specifically, would be considered the cutoff between "day" and "night?"

And what is the SOONEST the bridge will open under OPTIMUM SCENARIO. Surely someone must be privvy to that information at this point and I would appreciate it being passed along.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Wow. It doesn't seem like too much to ask for and get straight answers. This last update is so vauge that it would of served all involved to post nothing. Then you call the 800 line listed and get different answers depending on who you talk to. Does anyone simply know the status of the bridge?

Mike said...

It's 6 p.m. whats the word??

Anonymous said...

Partial bridge replacement in 6 weeks and now maybe it may be less
Simply amazing

The blog has provided great information

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

The bridge is not opening today, June 2. There is still work to do. Check back tomorrow for more updates.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

I can understand your frustration at not knowing the exact opening day and time. It is hard to make plans when you don't have all the info, isn't it?

If we could provide the information, we would. The exact opening time is still unknown because, as we experienced today, testing work is unpredictable.

The primary challenge today was aligning the pontoons ends correctly each time. This challenge moved draw span testing out from today to Wednesday.

We will continue to provide updates when we can. Sometimes they are late in the day so we have the best forecast for you possible. On a job as complicated as this, it takes time to access everything that has been completed during the day and what is left to do.

edavidt said...

Please, WSDOT, take your time, do the testing thoroughly.

It is amazing to me how so many people are so addicted to their personal transport vehicles. I have been commuting for 8 years in my car, and am overjoyed at the efficient mass transit system that has been put into place these last 5 weeks.

For those of you who feel impatience rising - liberate yourself from the psychological trap of producing unsustainable carbon dioxide emissions. Demand efficient mass transit AFTER the bridge reopens. Make goals to drive less.

The corporate sector constantly says "we have to keep polluting - it is a matter of time and money." Avoid this group think.

Turn off your TVs, slow down read more, roll with it. Stop reading this blog if it makes you angry. Accept life as it is. Quit whining that the government does not do enough, right after you vote for smaller government.

These last 5 weeks have been an adventure: in meeting new people, and watching beautiful sunrises on the foot ferry (did you see it this morning on the 5:00 boat? - georgeous), in not knowing if the wind was going to blow too much, in sleeping in my car Scenic Beach State park rather than drive around.

Life is too short to bitch and moan about a once every so often highway closure. At least for me.

Anonymous said...

I wish everybody would read the full details on the update blogs because they do tell you what is needed to know. The workers cannot tell you when exactly the bridge will re-open because, like building a house - there are several hurtles to go thru and inspections must pass before you can turn on home electricity or water so it is with the bridge, all the electrical inspections must be correctly done and passed so that when they do the 20 drawspan openings - nothing happens like an electrical malfunction or fire or...

These people are working as fast as they can! If they said that the bridge was opening to the public at blankity blank day and hour and then something happened that delayed this opening there would probably be a riot or protest or something. So please be patient and let the workers do their job! Don't get mad when something doesn't go your way! I figure that if the bridge is opened at the scheduled seremony date that they did great! I just hope that all goes well for them when they do the 20 drawspan openings! schedules can change without notice so quit your whining, crying, yelling and buck it up untill it opens! you have gotten around since may 1 with it being closed and were under the imprssion that the bridge would be completed by june 11. We are way ahead of that date so shut up!