Hood Canal Bridge still on track to open first week of June

by Tim Flanagan on May 29, 2009

The Ballard News-Tribune has this brief item:

The Army Corps of Engineers will close the Hiram M. Chittenden, for sale or Ballard Locks, click to all traffic from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 1.

The closure is to allow for the inspection of the adult salmon exclusion structure, which is in place near the middle pier between the east entrances to both locks. It was installed last year.

According to the Army Corps, there will be divers in the water during this time period, preventing lock operations.

If necessary there will be divers in the water again on Tuesday, June 2. The only exception will be for emergency vessels, such as the police or fire department.

Any questions should be referred to David Carpenter, navigation supervisor 206-789-2622 ext.202, or the lockmaster on duty, 206-783-7000.

More information on the Locks can be found here.

Here’s a photo from the Ballard News-Tribune:

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has this brief note:

SEATTLE — The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will be closed to all marine traffic from 7 to 11 a.m. on June 1. The closure will allow dive teams to inspect salmon structures under the locks.

Since 2004, more info
some returning salmon have become trapped in the system responsible for returning salt water to the Puget Sound side of the dam.

Three Sheets Northwest has a preview of the festivities. As a former tenant at the Port of Edmonds Marina, sale
let me say that I found the festival kind of a pain in the you-know-what, tadalafil but the festival attendees always seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was all I could do to drag the kids away to go for a boat ride.

Beautiful boats, music and beer—what more could you want on a sunny weekend?

The 22st annual Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival is going on today through Sunday and includes a range of activities for adults and kids. You can start the weekend on the right foot with a 5K run/walk along the Edmonds waterfront, then tour some of the 20-plus classic wooden boats converging on Edmonds Marina for the Classic Yacht Rendezvous.

A family stage will feature performances ranging from dancing to juggling, martial arts to magic. Kids can try free trout fishing at the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery (shuttle service available), watch duck races and make art projects.

Adults can kick back in the beer and wine garden and listen to a variety of live music, from country to classic rock, steel drums and disco.

Best of all, the festival is a fundraiser for the Edmonds Rotary Foundation, which supports local and international initiatives that help children, such as polio eradication efforts, clean water projects, transitional housing, scholarships and food banks. So go ahead and enjoy that beer, guilt-free.

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[A press release from the WSDOT...]

Work on the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge Project is still on track to reopen the vital transportation link to vehicle traffic during the first week of June, diagnosis
several days earlier than originally scheduled.

The team is now focusing on important but not-so-visible tasks that must be completed before the bridge is safe for people to drive across. Since May 27, work progress includes:
• Pulling together or “tensioning” pontoon UVWX/RST joint – 75 percent complete
• Concrete closure pours between roadway spans – 100 percent complete
• Installing expansion joints – tensioned bolts and installed springs
• Completing electrical wire connections – pulled wire on west half
• Bolting structural connections – work continued on truss bearings

“Like when building a new house, even though it might look ready from the outside, there is lots of interior work to do before move in day arrives,” said Dave Ziegler, Hood Canal Bridge Principal Engineer. “The crews are working hard, 24/7 in fact, to tackle the remaining list of items left to complete before we can reopen the bridge to traffic.”

Of the “to do list,” the biggest task ahead is getting the draw span ready. Much of this work is tide dependent, making it difficult to predict a completion date. From now until the opening, crews will align the pontoons in the water, adjust the rollers that guide the retractable draw span in and out, install thick rubber bumpers and complete 20 perfect draw span openings. An update will be provided on Sunday afternoon describing how the remaining work is progressing.

After the bridge is open, WSDOT will provide transportation services for two days to help travelers reunite with their vehicles and return to their normal commute. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead by visiting http://www.hoodcanalbridge.com/ or by calling 1-877-595-4222.

See the latest project photos at Flickr or read about construction updates on the Hood Canal Bridge blog. The Hood Canal Bridge retrofit and replacement will improve the existing east half, making it wider, safer and more reliable.

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