Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What could we have done better?

Hello all,

I figured I'd wait a little while, allowing everyone to get back into their routines and a giving people some time to reflect before asking for some feedback that wasn't influenced by the much appreciated post-opening bliss.

Your bridge is back, but what -- within reason, of course -- could WSDOT have done better to make your life easier during the closure? We all should know by now that car ferries weren't feasible this go-round because there simply weren't enough boats to go around.

WSF did what it could to assist the project but what else could our state agency as a whole have done? Be open, be honest.

Your input good, bad and everything in between is important to us. Thank you for your time and consideration.

One more thing, since so many of you asked, here's the draw span video on Flickr...

10 comments:

Joyce said...

The only thing I could think of was the waits. Sometimes the waits on the busses and on the docks before we could load on the boat seemed long. It seemed it could have been time to go a bit faster and smoother. My husband thinks a 5 am boat would have been very useful! There was one at 4:30 and 5:30... and the 5:30 was packed! Not convenient for those have to get over early for work.
Otherwise... everyone was so super friendly and wonderful. Employees at the busses, on the busses, even ferry employees were nice! That was really great and kept everyone in a pretty positive and good mood. And your coverage was the most entertaing and beyond helpful. Thanks!

jennifer_jj said...

I chose to drive around rather than leave cars on both sides. I would have liked to have seen more enforcing of the "delay of 5 vehicles illegal" signs. If the State Patrol could have gently encouraged large vehicles to pull off on the hilly bits that would have made my drive more pleasant. Also, an extra cell tower below Quilcene would have rocked! (I know, be realistic.)

Anonymous said...

I HAVE HEARD THAT THE BRIDGE MIGHT BE CLOSED SOME NIGHTS NEXT WEEK.

IS THIS TRUE? AND IF SO, IS THIS INFORMATION POSTED ANYWHERE?

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

It is. I'm putting together a news release on it right now.

In a nutshell, we'll have 90-minute closures of the Hood Canal Bridge.

The closures will occur between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25. There will be two each night, with an hour span between each during which the bridge will be open to traffic.

bucket trucks said...

Usually when you think of busses you think of the bright yellow ones that you used to be forced to ride on the way to school but not anymore. Although busses are still primarily focused on bringing transportation to a large number of people at a time, they are now shifting their attention to building busses made for luxury and style. They are comfortable and fun to ride and drive.

Sarah said...

The busses and ferries were a slight inconvenience, but over all a WONDERFUL solution to the bridge closure. i used them several times adn was very happy with how smooth it went.

Now that it's open, I'm dismayed to see all kind of road work happening on Beaver Valley Road, slowing traffic. Why couldn't this have been done while the Bridge was closed, since traffic on that road was so drastically decreased? Why wait until the bridge reopened to do the Beaver Valley work?

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

I'm checking to see whether the project had been bid and/or approved at that point.

From purely a transportation perspective, SR 19/Beaver Valley Road served as the primary route for Jefferson Transit buses running to and from the water shuttle dock at South Point.

So doing major roadwork along the route during the May-June 3 bridge closure would have likely resulted in longer trips and possible missed connections between the water shuttle and Jefferson County destinations.

Mp said...

Sounds like the bridge deck grating is still unsafe for cyclists, see discussion @ the Cascade Bicycle club message board here: http://www.cascade.org/Community/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=5&threadid=14372

Anonymous said...

Looking at the photos on the Cascade message board - why is the jersey barrier in the bike lane, and when will this be removed?

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

The barrier is in place for the construction crews still working on the bridge. I'm checking to determine how long it will be there.