Wednesday, June 3, 2009

You hit the jackpot...it's open...eight days early

The world's longest floating bridge over saltwater is open to traffic once again...even eight days earlier than scheduled...well actually 11 days if you count in those nasty weather days when we couldn't work.

We hope you enjoy the wider shoulders and smoother ride. Drive on!

69 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats...But I don't see any cars crossing...from South Point

Anonymous said...

Yeah Joe you are the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

God Bless everyone involved! HOpe you will have time to enjoy your families now too!

Anonymous said...

and you can see the cars going over on the bridge cam!!

thanks Joe, Becky, et al!!

Anonymous said...

So cool. You guys rock!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Me again O.K. here they come!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU, Becky, Joe, and the entire DOT team! We love you!

Congratulations!

(Too many exclamation points here, but it can't be helped. It fits the occasion!!!)

Anonymous said...

Right On, Congrats to kiewitt General and the WSDOT. On to the 520 bridge....

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic job by all. Congratulations to all involved with the project.

Anonymous said...

HOORAY!

Anonymous said...

Yahoo! Great job, guys!

Anonymous said...

"On the road again...." Fantastic!!!

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

I'll see you guys when we take out the west half next year... kidding. Kidding.

Thanks for bearing with us on this one. See you all on your new bridge.

Anonymous said...

Way to go WSDOT!! You guys rock! Becky, Joe and all the KG crew, you've just done an amazing job! Can't thank you enough for doing it so quickly!

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the workers and a safe job. Good timing too!

Anonymous said...

Mall withdrawl will soon be over, wooohooooo!!!

Thank you!

Crystal said...

WHOOOT! Congratulations!!! Thanks to everyone involved and for the hard work you have put into getting the bridge completed.
Now I can breath a sigh of relief - I don't have to take the long way around to go play disc golf anymore! Yeahhh! Again - Congratulations!!!! Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited!!! YAY!!!

Jamee said...

that so awesome. Thank you to the whole construction team on a job well done!!!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh can government really contribute to our quality of life?

Anonymous said...

a big thanks to all for everything! you'll always be #1 to us!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful!!!! Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

A fantastic job by everyone involved. If only every WSDOT project could go this smoothly!

Thanks to all who dedicated the time and hard work necessary for this huge undertaking.

Anonymous said...

O my gosh, can government really help us!

Anonymous said...

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much!!! you have just cutt off 2 hours of driving for my hubby tomorrow. your awesome

Anonymous said...

Congrats to WSDOT and Kiewett for another job WELL DONE!

I hope the spelling is right. Twice ahead of schedule and quality of work.

We have our main transportation route to the "other side" of the water back.

Thank You

Anonymous said...

What does 8 days earlier mean...how about listing what IT IS!!!

Anonymous said...

OK - we took our dogs across, saw a guy on a bike... One very loud 55 Chevy and some tired WSDOT guys...

For a new bridge - it sure is lumpy...

Just kidding - well done WSDOT...

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all those involved in the planning to make the park and ride, buses, and ferries coordinate so well to enable us to get to and from work. Great job on getting the bridge open early!!!

Anonymous said...

yahoo...just went over it! The guys were still walking off! NICE

Anonymous said...

You guys have completed a difficult job quickly and efficiently. I hope that other contractors throughout the state follow your example of diligence and efficiency.

Thank you for lessening the impact on us stuck out on the Olympic Peninsula!

Anonymous said...

on my gosh, government can help. Congratulations & Thanks!

Anonymous said...

A Port Townsend resident says:

Thank you, Thank you!!!
Just in time for my trip to the airport to see my daughter graduate in St. Louis.
What a nice efficient job.

WELL DONE!

Thank you all for you good work.

Anonymous said...

yahoooo!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! FREE AT LAST!

Anonymous said...

Life on the other side...it's awesome!

Anonymous said...

Very cool. Thanks for the great work.

Anonymous said...

Thank You. We appreciate all the up-to-the-minute status reports. Now I can make it to Sequim in half the time.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Thanks to all for the kind words. You made my night!

-Becky

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the reopening of the Hood Canal Bridge and I would also like to thank you for the E-Mail Bulletin sent upon the opening of the bridge. It was appreciated.

Many thanks to the many WSDOT and Contractor Teams and their workers who worked together bringing this project to completion.

Anonymous said...

I am convinced that this bridge replacement could not have been handled by a more capable group of people. Many thanks to you all!!
This team was top notch!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh government really can help us!

Monica said...

Yippee!! Thanks to everyone who worked on the project for their dedication. You've just made a family of campers very happy!

Sven said...

Just returned from joy ride over the new bridge! Amazing to say such a thing. Our family didn't think much of the bridge before all of this. Let's not take for granted what EVERYONE has done to make this moment come to be. Hat's off to all of you! And cheers! That is: Root Beer floats bridges too?!! Forget the beer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all of your hard and fast work! You guys ROCK! Go get some well deserved rest!

Anonymous said...

It was kinda nice not having to listen to the drivers hitting the "drunk bumps" down on 104 while it was closed, but all good things come to an end. I'm so glad the bridge is open though, had to go drive over it at about 10:30 just to be one of the first. besides my car was in the lot at Port Gamble. Way to go to everybody involved!!! Becky, was that you leaning on the railing outside of the trailer on the east end? Wanted to honk, but didn't want to startle the WSP on the side of the road. I did see the first fatality on the west end however, a poor seagull must have gotten use to no cars and forgot to get out of the way quick enough.

Anonymous said...

I have a good idea. Lets close it again for a another few weeks!

What do you think???

Just joking!!

There is no way I could deal with it.
$
Im thankful its done now its time to get back to swing of things

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all of the crew who worked on the bridge, the ferry workers, parking attendants and bus drivers. You all did a fabulous job

info said...

You deserve every penny of the bonus! Enjoy it and tell all your crew THANK YOU for putting up with us!
GOD Bless

Jim Gilliland

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I was able to come home tonight! You guys are truly amazing.

Anonymous said...

Nice work. Was great to drive across it at about 11PM last night.

rickh said...

Thank you...Thank you....Thank you!
As a local truck drive, I am Excited to hear this news. The extra hour and a half to Tacoma was getting old!

You guys ROCK!

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! The bridge is open--- woooohoooo!!!! But wait--- what about irwinj and this blog??? I am so sad this blog will be gone soon.
Irwinj ROCKS!!! And so do his skills as a communications professional!
Thank you for all the entertainment during this trying time. You are amazing! I have truly enjoyed everything you've written:-)l

Sincerely,
*me*

Jon Muellner said...

Nice wide shoulders for cycling across - this will be much safer and enjoyable for touring and day trips to and from the Olympic Peninsula! Good job WSDOT!

Anonymous said...

Eight days early; thirty years late: Bridge splits, sinks in 1979. And the millions of dollars added to the replacement cost by continual delays . . . before this project was completed last night. Yes, government works in mysterious ways.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Work , We are coming up from Nanaimo BC Canada to vist my niece who graduates tomorrow , This will save us valuable time ....Thanks again. Job well done

T McCartan

Anonymous said...

Thanks...what a long trip its been!
(Literally...driving around the canal). Your hard work and your bonus is much deserved!

Janine said...

Way to go guys!! Thank you for a great job to all involved in the construction and the alternative transportation. You all really came through for us out here on the west side!

Anonymous said...

I knew you could do it. Those cars I see on the bridge cam are a welcome sight - now I don't have to drive around the canal for 2 1/2hours tonight - it will only take me 20 minutes to get home to Pt Ludlow. I'm glad the tests were positive and now you can all breathe a welcomed sign of relief. ....way to go.

Anonymous said...

Two years ago I retired from the government ad am a resident of Port Ludlow. I have been watching this process for some time now. I must say that I beleive you have all done an outstanding job in a short time. Thank you and have a great day.

mikijoyous said...

OK! My patient retired husband drove me across the bridge this morning to Pt. Gamble to get my car and come to work. He said my phone was buzzing last night but I was OUT! It was the text messages about the bridge. It's sure been grins, this blog that is. I don't want to do that commute again! Bye for me now. IrwinJ, you da man! (Along with the many who made this thing bearable.) Peace out!

Anonymous said...

I knew it was going to open...came by 2 times last night to check and could't see any indication it was going to open. So I drove painfully around and got home at 10:35 pm. If I had waited till opening I could have gotten to Port Townsend by 10:45....Oh I am so thankful!!!Great job..Looking so good!

Kim said...

Our family was so excited about the bridge opening, our 3 kids got out of bed just to take a ride across with mom and dad at 11pm! First impression- "Those trusses are huge!"
You all did an excellent job! Many well deserved praises to all involved in this project!

Mp said...

Enjoyed cycling on the peninsula with lighter auto traffic during the closure (many thanks to the Water Shuttle crews!), but still very pleased with the successful project completion ahead of schedule and looking forward to my first bike ride across this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!
from myself and my 50,000 my neighbors. Now go close that gate on I-90! kidding, kidding!
Enjoy your bonus, you earned it!

Anonymous said...

Can't think of a better BIRTHDAY gift. Oh happy day!!!