Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ten down, ten to go

Eric Soderquist, former Hood Canal Bridge Project Director and the greatest mentor I ever have had in life, said often about work planning and execution, "Go slow so you can go fast." Obviously the team listened. The hard work from yesterday is paying off today. We took time to get draw span adjustments completed on Monday and Tuesday in order to help ensure the 20 cycle tests would go well once we started today.

Completing 10 cycles is great news but there is still a chance we have to start back at zero. When we did this same test in Seattle, we completed 12 cycles then had to start back at the beginning so don't hold your breath yet...

- Becky Hixson

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is an outstanding blog with excellent, accurate info. The whole project has been done skillfully and accurately--I have seen the site twice and have ridden the passenger ferry to Seattle and back and have been equally impressed. Good Job!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is all just so positive. I love the bridge. Our governor deserves a huge thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been watching the still shots of the bridge for the past 9 days. Thanks for finally putting a link to video on the website! The video is really impressive. The bridge goes back and forth now. Great job for making the bridge go back and forth! This is such a wonderful blog.

Anonymous said...

Huzzah! Good luck with the last 10! May we not have to go back to 0... We will miss your blog, Joe, but we sure will be happy to get our bridge back.

Anonymous said...

How long does one complete open and close test cycle take? Is there a specific period to wait between cycles, and, if so, how long is that? The whole project is just enormously impressive, as is the communications effort.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all the WORKERS. we just might have one hell of a summer with loads of tourists coming and going to see the new bridge and the local economy might just get a little boost for all the efforts by so many folks.............again, thanks to all the bridge workers for such a fine outstanding job......

Thanks

Port Townsend

Anonymous said...

This is better than waiting for Christmas mornings. Oh please, please, please let the bridge open correctly 10 more cycles. Great job everyone!!

Anonymous said...

What's the count now?? Anyone have a guess?

Anonymous said...

I have ridden the passenger ferry 63 times during the bridge closure. What wonderful, skillful, accurate, intelligent staff they employ! The ferry is so comfortable and pleasant, just like the Metro buses in Seattle. I kind of hope the bridge doesn't open. It is so much nicer riding the ferry.

Anonymous said...

Whoever posts on this blog must be the most thoughtful people in Washington. The posts are just so nice and polite. I wonder what the posts say that are not published?

Anonymous said...

Everything about this project has been positive. Thanks for making it possible for us to continue with our daily routines with a minimum of interuption

Anonymous said...

I am real excited about this bridge. I have liked bridges since I was a kid. I watch the construction from the shore every day and today the bridge started to go open and closed. I am 37.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Gov. Gregoire for getting this bridge open ahead of schedule. Who knows when these guys would finally get around to finishing this project if you hadn't of been there making sure the work was getting done. Yeah Chris!

Anonymous said...

all i can say is, "Open! Open! Open!"

Jomer said...
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Anonymous said...

With two trucks,two busses and one boat to get to work -IT'S GREAT NEWS! I'm really going to appreciate my old 1 hour 15 minute commute to work!!!!!

Anonymous said...

enough is enough.Please please open

Anonymous said...

We live across the bay from the bridge and have watched it being put back together piece by piece. We are especially interested in the testing going on today.

We have been on the water shuttle twice and have nothing but praise for the easy trip to Seattle. The Starlight buses have been wonderful.

Overall I think this is a big A+ for the planning to make this an easy commute.

Please get the bridge open tonight! I would love to be able to go to Silverdale tomorrow.

Beverly

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to Gov. Gregoire, I can assure you "these guys" who built the bridge worked their tails off...thanks to all the families who sacrificed to make it happen!

Anonymous said...

our governer did nothing to build, so please stop giving her credit, did she ever stop by to see the work in progress?? Great work and thanks to the guys ans gals that have worked so hard to get the bridge done.

Anonymous said...

if you pass all 20 will it be open fri.??i have to go to0 seattle fri.

badgrafix said...

thats what i want to know. If the bridge passes all 20 times then when does the bridge open?

Anonymous said...

theey said if the bridge completes all the draw tests then it should be open a few hours later...

mikijoyous said...

.sigh. Home now. I got to visit with fellow commuters. What an eclectic group of people we are! I don't think that we Jefferson County people are whiny or angry. Generally speaking, we accepted the inconvenience and dealt with it. It's amusing to me that the only major "face to face" complaints I've heard were from the weekend warriors who have braved this commute only several times. I adore reading all of the bloggers' posts and respect everyone's opinion. I would like to see the credit go to the workers on the bridge who may well be laid off for an undetermined amount of time once all is said and done. Of course, irwinJ, the DOT ferry guys and the Starliner and Jeff. Co. bus drivers too. What a strange trip this has been. (Thanks Jerry Garcia)

Anonymous said...

As one of Governor Gregoire's drivers, I can say we have been over to see the progress on the Hood Canal Bridge several times. Personally, I am very impressed with the work being done. Those workers seem to have ample time to discuss the progress they have make over the last month. I can't say I disagree. Great job workers!!!