Repair work on the Deception Pass Bridge resumed last month. Travelers should plan for limited parking along SR 20 and sidewalk closures. Deception Pass State Park and all businesses in the area will remain open during construction. Those planning spring and summer 2020 trips to Deception Pass State Park should prepare for loud daytime noise and quieter noise overnight during this project.
To protect the environment during this work, crews will put a containment system in place as they repair damaged sections, remove paint and then repaint the structure. These containment systems will look like tarps hanging from the bridge but will barely be visible from the highway. This system is to keep paint, dust and other debris from the work out of the water.
When this project is complete, these bridges will have corroded steel pieces replaced and a new coat of Evergreen Green paint to help prolong the life of these historic structures.
Overview: The Deception Pass Bridge and Canoe Pass Bridge connect Whidbey Island to the rest of Washington state via State Route 20. These bridges provide the only land access on and off the island. Beginning in 2019, Eagle Industrial Painting, LLC crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a two year project to repair, restore and repaint these two bridges. The iconic bridges make up part of Deception Pass State Park, the most visited state park in Washington. The bridges opened to drivers and pedestrians in 1935. They were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Why is WSDOT repainting these bridges? Crews last gave these bridges a fresh coat of paint more than 20 years ago. The years of wind, sun and saltwater exposure have worn down paint and corroded some areas of the bridge. This project will repair those corroded areas and preserve the integrity of these historic structures for the 18,000 people who drive over them each day and the thousands who visit the area each year.
How will this work affect people driving or using the sidewalks? People who travel over the bridge will barely notice this project is happening. Most of the work will take place under the structure where crews will work in small areas at a time. One sidewalk will remain open during construction so visitors can travel over the bridge without a vehicle. One lane of SR 20 could close during night work. All lanes will remain open during the day.
How will this work affect Deception Pass State Park visitors? During construction, crews will use many of the upper parking areas along SR 20 for construction equipment. This will limit the available parking along SR 20 for visitors. All park access in other areas, including Bowman Bay and Cranberry Lake, will remain open.
Preservation: This work helps protect the bridges from corrosion while preserving their structural integrity.
Economic: Maintaining the bridges is more cost-efficient than replacing them. Maintained properly, the bridges will continue to keep up with the high demand of traffic for years to come.
Environmental: Removing lead-based paint and replacing it with lead-free paint is better for the surrounding environment.
For more information, please contact Frances Fedoriska, WSDOT Communications, 206-440-4690 or email at Frances.Fedoriska@wsdot.wa.gov.