Why is WSDOT installing new plates on the Hood Canal Bridge?
WSDOT is installing wider plates to improve the ride across the grated sections of the bridge, improve traction and reduce the potential for bike crashes from inexperienced cyclists.
While the existing 3-foot plates meet WSDOT standards, the 5-foot plates will allow cyclists more room to ride further away from the adjacent bridge barrier with more room for error without encroaching onto the grated bridge deck.
What can bicyclists do when crossing the bridge?
We want to remind bicyclists that they can help us reduce the potential for bike crashes by remaining alert to the road conditions and surfaces they travel on and adjust accordingly for the conditions they face on a day to day basis.
How long will the work take and what can travelers expect?
Work is currently on hold and once under way, construction is expected to take approximately five months. Drivers and bicyclists can expect shoulder closures, lane closures and one-way alternating traffic throughout the project.
How much will the new plates cost?
Providing 5-foot plates along each direction of the bridge costs approximately $1.7 million is being funded with Federal Transportation Enhancement Program funds provided through FHWA.