Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Count is up to 15

Lucky number 13 came and went and crews pressed on to test number 15. All is still going well. Stay tuned as we get closer to that magic number 20. Are you enjoying the suspense yet? It is almost as good as a movie...well, almost.

p.s. - If things continue to go well, be ready for a morning commute across the new bridge.

107 comments:

Anonymous said...

it sure seems like it's been well over twenty hitting the refresh button on the camera for the bridge. I've been watching for hours! It's a TEASE!

Anonymous said...

I'm on the edge of my seat here!

alisha said...

HOW EXCITING! I will most certainly NOT miss that commute!

Anonymous said...

it's a great movie all right, we're almost to the end, get the popcorn ready!

Anonymous said...

As long as it is light enough to still see the bridge, I will be watching. GREAT WORK!!!!

Beverly

Joyce said...

This is exciting!!!! I am praying!!!!

Anonymous said...

The tension! The suspense! The drama! The happy ending! And the Oscar goes to the crew who made this all possible! And you, too, Joe.

dylan said...

By morning commute, I assume you mean if the tests go well now it won't open till morning?

Anonymous said...

glad to see this working will save a lot of miles.

Anonymous said...

As long as it is light and I can still see the bridge from my deck, I will be watching.

Great work, guys!

Anonymous said...

OPEN...OPEN...OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates. Thanks to all involved in the project. Go ...Go...Go..

Anonymous said...

Where are we now? I really want to know.. I'm anxious to find out what number we're upon. Oh please please please -- let's make it to 20!!!

Anonymous said...

One of those times in life where you have "mixed" emotions. Yes, I am thankful that the bridge will soon re-open, but, on the other hand, the Starline staff, as well as the foot ferry crews (assisted by WSF) made for a very relaxed, stress free commute to and from the Winslow ferry. For years I dreaded the bridge closing and now I am "almost" dreading its re-opening. Well done Washington State DOT in completing this challenging project!

Anonymous said...

I've got the champagne chillin' in anticipation.

Anonymous said...

I really really hope the bridge opens tonight. or early tomorrow morning.. i dont want to drive all the way around to get to fort flaggler. and the supense IS reallly starting to get to me... badly!

Anonymous said...

In the bag.. They do great work.And this many days earley :)

badgrafix said...

when you say morning commute does that mean i'll be able to get across at 4:30 5ish?... i'm assuming if the tests go good we'll get exact info.

Anonymous said...

right on,right on,right on

Anonymous said...

Alfred Hitchcock has nothing on the suspense of the test countdown... Oh please, please, please, let's get it up to 20!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all who contributed to the awesome work on the bridge!! A early opening will be much appreciated to all, especially for those who plan on running in the North Olympic Discovery Marathon(and other races) on Sunday!! Cross your fingers...5 more!!

Anonymous said...

way to go very happy this is ending.

Quilcene

Anonymous said...

Great job WSDOT... Can't wait to drive across it soon... I'm betting it will open at 10pm tonight...

Anonymous said...

I've never been more excited about counting to 20!!!

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

About the p.s. note - if tests go well we will open soon after they are done...hopefully hours in advance of your morning commute. Keep checking back to see if you can change that alarm clock time and sleep in!

Anonymous said...

How about a test by test count down now that you're past 15 and hopefully well on the way to number 20? Next best thing to the bikini clad guy with the round cards!

Anonymous said...

9:45 we are at the bridge with two bottles of sparkley...we are ready for a crossing!!!

mikijoyous said...

OK, so I posted on the last. It's good to be home. Got here and saw the swallows going into their new house, checked on the vegetable and flower gardens, had dinner and some wine. God is in His place and all is right with the world! I'm ready to go to my vehicle in Port Gamble tomorrow via whatever means, regardless. Hey, IrwinJ, you should put a sweatshirt on over the bikini as the sun is setting and ambient temperature dropping. Thanks for everything. How long can we keep this blog going? It's been grins :). Love, love all around.

Anonymous said...

keep up the good hard work but please be safe!!

Pat said...

I agree with the person who has mixed emotions about the re-opening. The Starline drivers, the security folks, the drivers on the Shine Pit route to the water shuttle - all have been so fantastic. I will kinda miss them all as well as talking with my 'neighbors' as we wait for buses or water shuttles. Everyone has maintained such good humor and patience. It's been a great experience!

Anonymous said...

It has been so quiet over here. We do not miss the land lovers and their hurry hurry ways. Far less road rage. So sorry folks but I'm hoping someone drops a wrench.

Anonymous said...

Go baby go!!

PS in PT said...

Whee! This is so exciting! We keep refreshing on the cam page and are guessing maybe this is number 20? Wonder if we're going to see a bunch of jumping around soon . . . almost wish we were there with a burger and fries on the sidelines to witness it all.

Anonymous said...

Irwin...you have a great sense of humor though stressful times. Are you married?

Anonymous said...

If I get to cross tomorrow morning, I think I'll put the car on cruise control , open the sun roof and enjoy the crossing. Please, WSP, don't pay any mind to the giddy fool standing up through the sun roof.
No, seriously, although the open bridge will be a welcome sight, I will agree with previous comments about the great support we have gotten from WSDOT and all. The inconvenience was certainly minimized due to the tremendous efforts put forth by all involved to get this project orchestrated and pulled off. THANK YOU!!!!

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Of course. Two kids, too. Ages 3 years and 8 months. Compared to that sort of stress work is a breeze.

Anonymous said...

18...is this 18? We need some fanfare here!

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

I'd like to add a big "Louie, Louie, we gotta go" here. Why not? Thanks everyone for making my first blog so much fun.

Anonymous said...

Whats the count Joe? lets get a countdown going. It feels like new years or the 4th of July :-). There should be some fireworks to celebrate this awesome accomplishment by the DOT, well, maybe the contractor will light a few...

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Count? I lost count at 15... was I supposed to keep a tally? We're getting closer to the new bridge every minute, that's the big news.

Anonymous said...

any other runners hoping to avoid the long drive for the marathon this weekend?

go penguins!!!! win that cup!!

Michael Bednarz said...

'Git er Done! If it's not ready by my morning commute, I will have to sick the Cable Guy on the project.

Anonymous said...

At the risk of losing the picture entirely, has someone bumped the focus button ? The picture was clear as a bell a couple hours ago but has been steadily deteriorating.

Anonymous said...

Ewwww...that's just plain mean!!! In a fun sort of way.

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess I'll wait for the 10pm update:-) Keep up the good work Joe. See you tomorrow at the ops center. JP

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting!! We all are counting down the moments until that 20th test!! Heres TO All You Great Crews who made this an enjoyable experience, from fantastic WSDOT crew to the Starline drivers, and everyone on the water! WOOT WOOT!!

Anonymous said...

Lets hope the daylight holds out.....it is getting a bit blurry. Thinking about a drive to Shine tonight. Good night for some fresh bridge, I mean air

Anonymous said...

If they do hit the 20 tonight, when will the bridge be open for traffic?
Heading to Neah Bay from Tacoma tonight...leaving at midnight dragging a boat for the halibut opener tomorrow. Kinda be nice not having to go down and around and up 101.

Anonymous said...

It's getting dark out...did you make the 20 before the sun went down? Anxious to hear good news!!

Anonymous said...

Yes....What is the count?? The suspense, the excitement is too much!! Whats the word?

Joy said...

I have watched this project from the beginning and marveled at the efficiency and coordination involved, with tugs, barges, barge cranes, and bridge components moving with precision from place to place.
I will certainly be watching tonight and holding my breath for the bridge opening.
Congratulations to everyone involved with this project for a terrific job!
Thank you!

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

It depends on when they hit 20, we seem to be on track for 10, which could put an opening shortly thereafter. Definitelt within two hours, was the estimate I got today -- if not sooner.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

must be number 20 on the camera now??

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

We're not quite there yet. Believe me, when we get there, you'll all know.

Anonymous said...

Woohoo!!!!! Silver City here we come!

Anonymous said...

a little birdie just told me 18 was in progress at 9:09, so maybe 19 by now??

NNeelix said...

I know everyone is fixated on the bridge footage, but has anyone checked out the pictures from Lofall Dock. Absolutely Amazing!

jennifer_jj said...

Cmon baby...I don't want to get up at 3am!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait-- am checking the website every 3 minutes!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I have been camping in the bushes for the last 4 weeks watching. Great job!

Donnie said...

My Mom wants to go home!!! Please Hurry;)

Anonymous said...

I hope you get some great shots of that sunset tonight. I'm watching it from my back deck. The HCB has got to be one of the most scenic bridges in the US. We are lucky to have it. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

Twenty. I have twenty fingers and toes. I hope twenty tests is all it takes to open this bridge. Just like I hope twenty fingers and toes is the max that my son has when he is born next month.

Anonymous said...

This is complete torture!!!!

NNeelix said...

Those are headlights on the bridge!

Anonymous said...

This is the most thrilling thing I have ever experienced. I haven't even watched TV tonight! Trust me, that's saying alot!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure your darling wife and children will appreciate the easing of your schedule just as much as this Hood Canal widow will appreciate the return of my other half....:-)

Anonymous said...

OH MAN! The EXCITEMENT! Never had this much fun since I worked in a puzzle factory! Whooop-dee-oh-whop!

Anonymous said...

I just saw them end another test cycle.....this is the BEST entertainment for some of us....thanks to the CONTRACTORS and WSDOT for getting this done early.

Anonymous said...

I made a bridge out of Popsicle sticks to look just like the Hood Canal bridge. They got it done before I did!

Anonymous said...

Great job guys, keep it up! *crossing fingers*

jennifer_jj said...

Come on, I'm dying here!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Are we there yet? I'm Mom.

Dick said...

I swear that's 21 ... Joe you dropped out of calculus ... 3rd grade too?

Best reality show anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Great blog. Obviously some really intelligent people posting here. Thanks to you all.

Anonymous said...

good bye to all my new commuter friends for as nice as it was sure hope i don't see you in the morning! DRIVE SAFE:)

NNeelix said...

#20 here we go?

Anonymous said...

I am hoping to be one of the first cyclists across the new east half on tomorrow morning...

Anonymous said...

What's the latest? Think they made the 20 clear?

Anonymous said...

I think we are on 20!!!! YEAH!!!

Anonymous said...

I just want to say thanks to all the wonderful people who have spent such a significant amount of their lives watching the bridge construction. You have all given up so much to make sure the progress is as they say it is. It cannot be easy to monitor so closely the connecting of a new bridge segment. But it could not have possibly have gotten done so soon without constant and vigilant monitoring by the concerned populace. We have done it, together!!! We can finally return to our families, triumphant! Victory is ours!!!

Anonymous said...

come on!!!the suspense is too much!!this must be #20

Anonymous said...

Can't see anything any more...talk to us Joe

Anonymous said...

Hood Canal Widow, I think I have your other half staying here at my house right ?

I wonder how many people had to stay on one side to work all week because the foot ferry just wasn't a good fit for them or their work or whatever.

We're watching....waiting for word...

Anonymous said...

I think I speak for everybody (well, almost everybody) who has posted comments to this blog entry:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. Talk about suspense!

jennifer_jj said...

Dear Quilcene, Hoodsport, Belfair, Shelton, etc..it's been nice but...

Molly said...

We need clothes!!!

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

And kill the anticipation before the big 20? Let's savor this while it lasts because we won't be around to savor it next time.

NNeelix said...

I think that's #20, lets hope it counted.

Anonymous said...

Im so excited!!!!! We are going to check it out.
good job guys. LOL

Anonymous said...

way to funny Joe

Anonymous said...

You are Mean!! Kill the anticipation, Not with this gang!!
Purty Please PLEEEZE tell us when its number 20!!

Anonymous said...

Nope! Not the one...my half was/is able to sleep in his own bed and take the crew boat. Nice of you to open your home though. I love how you all take care of each other.

Anonymous said...

It is exciting. I have been one of the lucky few. My work arranged for me to work just 12 miles from home rather than make the commute or stay on the Kitsap side. I will miss the temporary working arrangement. About half the people in our vanpool have been making the commute, the rest are staying on the other side.

Anonymous said...

North Olympic Discovery Marathon-- Here we come!!!

Anonymous said...

That was awesome...

Anonymous said...

COME ON COME ON COME ON

Can't do this much longer
I need my heart meds

Anonymous said...

Hey, Joe, Becky said the bridge passed all its 20 tests on her blog, are you going to update us?!

Anonymous said...

From West Des Moines, Iowa: Am flying in to visit friends in Port Townsend on Friday, June 5, so I have been following the Hood Canal Bridge Blog with great fascination. I LOVE the "personality" of the blog. You people are so upbeat and positive, I can hardly wait for my first-ever visit! Great vibes already. Hope you get to TWENTY without a hitch! Jan in WDM

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

That's 20 folks. The big 2-0. Thanks for sticking with us through it all, we'll be opening shortly.

Get some well-deserved sleep, because I understand some of you have been waking up pretty early of late. Enjoy a little extra rest my friends.

Anonymous said...

Send the buses and boats home, it's done. Clear the bridge, who will be the 1st over in about 30 minutes?

Anonymous said...

God Bless You All!

Anonymous said...

What time will it be open? I'm headed there!

Anonymous said...

We need a dramatic (virtual) flourish here, Joe. We need a new post announcing the official opening! Wish I could be there for the reopening (and to give hugs all around). THANK YOU so much to the crew and the contract.

Anonymous said...

Joe u da man!!!!

Anonymous said...

We'll miss you "bikini dude". You've made this a bearable event.
Tell your wife a big thank you for lending you and your humor to all of us bridge captives.

Congrats to all the crew that made this huge project possible.