Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Draw span passed the test...just a few things left

For most of the afternoon, I have been literally sitting on the edge of my chair, waiting for this bridge to open. Many of my colleagues have left, their jobs done, but I am staying until we open. Do I have to? Well, yes but I want to also.

All day the memories of opening the bridge to traffic back in August 2005 have been flooding back. The one rising to the top is the moment we opened and the first cars went rolling by with horns honking and hands waving. Since that time, four years ago, I have been waiting for this night. So in a few hours, after we move the last of the draw span testing equipment out of the way, I will be standing at the bridge trailer, waving to you all as you go by, enjoying the moment and basking in the knowledge that somehow what I do makes a difference for you.

Look for another update shortly!

- Becky Hixson

50 comments:

RobJob said...

HOOYAA!!!
Thanks for the info Joe. Glad your blog was so enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

Whooohoooo.

Anonymous said...

YEAH...You guys have done such a great job!! THANK YOU

Anonymous said...

YEA!!!!!

2Grandmas2 said...

Thanks for everything...this blog has been my entertainment for the evening. Drive safe tomorrow, every one. Kudos to all involved on this project.

Molly said...

YAY!!! our link to civilization!

Anonymous said...

Huzzah!!!

Anonymous said...

estimate on what time?

Anonymous said...

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! WAY TO GO GUYS AND GALS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Right on....great news and great job to all involved

Ryan in PH said...

YAY!!!!!! Good Job everyone involved!!!! It has been a pleasure to follow this project!

Joe you are awesome man!! I'm gonna miss the funny blogs everyday!

Anonymous said...

WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO! Thank you all SO MUCH for your hard work!!!

doug said...

Woo Hoo!!! Congrats to the all of the construction team!!! And a tons of Thanks for such a quick completion. Thank You!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Anonymous said...

robjob? is that you Jim?

Anonymous said...

Thanks much for the drawspan webcam

Anonymous said...

woo-hoo i think i just got a new lucky number yep its definitely gonna be 20 from now on!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Becky. Job well done.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Becky!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great news! We love you, Becky, you've been awesome through it all!

Anonymous said...

Please let me come home tonight!

Anonymous said...

Hat off to everyone involved and a big Thanks to Doug McDonald!!!

Anonymous said...

Will you be wearing a bikini?

Anonymous said...

You guys did GREAT work we love you for it!

Anonymous said...

Good night Joe, it was a pleasure to read your kind words

Anonymous said...

WOOT WOOT WOOT! Here we go! Thanks for all the hard work and the blog was a blast!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the hard work!!!! Great job!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yipppeeeeee!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The bridge is going to open, the bridge is going to open, la la lalala... Thanks guys

Anonymous said...

Hip Hip Hooray

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU




****GO JOE****

THANKS AGAIN

Port Townsend

Anonymous said...

You all should go to work for NASA, and get us to mars.....

Anonymous said...

We are very proud that everyone worked so hard. Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Becky and all the workers and , jamie for keeping the blog going good job i will wake and say thanks good job the bridge looks super. you deserve a pat. cant wait to go see my fam on the other side.

Anonymous said...

thank you for all your hard work... i can finally go home!!!!

Anonymous said...

is it open in the am?

Anonymous said...

Congrads to you all on a job well done. I can't begin to tell you how much your blog has been appreciated. Everyone has been so terrific in the commute, from all the bus drivers, WSF staff, the people who were kind enough to allow the Lowfall and Southpoint ferry docks to be real once again.I have met many wonderful people that otherwise I would not have had the chance to meet before, yes, it is bitter sweet. Most of all I have learned a new found respect and love for my daily commute and that wonderful bridge. Again many many Thanks to everyone involved.

Thatcher said...

This whole project has been handled with such extraordinary organization, intelligence, grace, good humor, and commitment to customer service. I am in awe of all of you. THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

Whooohooo TWO. DO you want to but the spare car on the other side with your bonus check?

Anonymous said...

YAAAA!!!! Thank you!!!! My husband can come home.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Man, oh man. Twenty. Well done one and all, and a huge, huge thanks to everyone who made this blog such a success -- that's anyone and everyone who wrote, read and checked in on our progress. We'll have your bridge back to you very, very soon (hint, hint). Sorry, I couldn't resist that one.

Sleep well tonight and drive safe tomorrow.

ROBERT said...

Thanks! I don't think I could wait in line one more time to get past Hoodsport. You've added hours to my lifespan. Much APPRECIATION!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Becky, Joe and all the people involved in this project. America is the greatest country.

THANKS

Anonymous said...

Second car across the bridge Hgeading eastbound!!!
HORRAY THE BRIDGE IS OPEN!!!
NO JOKE!!!
10:15 PM 06/03/2009!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't sleep until I know that the first cars have made it across the new bridge! Oh please, please, please post an update on this! We love our new bridge, but we also love this blog.

Anonymous said...

my girlfriend was the first one to cross! (other than police)

Anonymous said...

First trip across the NEW bridge sucessful!!! GOOD JOB!!!!!

RobJob said...

If my count was correct, I was number 9 going Westbound accross the bridge. I have no idea what number comming back to Poulsbo. Now it's time for bed.

Anonymous said...

The bridge was declared open at 11:00 pm Heard it on state patrol scanner.

Anonymous said...

Are there any animations showing how the draw span actually works? Would love to see it.Great job guys. Wear this feather in your cap proudly!!