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Restoration work resumes on Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 12:08

Frances Fedoriska, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4690
Shane Spahr, WSDOT project engineer, 360-848-7103
Joy Kacoroski, Deception Pass State Park interpretive specialist, 360-675-3767

Nighttime alternating traffic SR 20 bridges for painting; noisy daytime work

OAK HARBOR – Summer is around the corner and so is critical preservation work on two of Washington's historic bridges.

Beginning Monday, June 8, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will resume sandblasting and painting on the State Route 20 Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges. This multi-year project to preserve these iconic structures started last year. Work was suspended during the cold, wet winter and again in late March, as a result of the statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

Noisy work
Loud sandblasting work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday. This is expected to continue for several months as crews continue removing old paint and adding a fresh coat to protect the steel from corrosion.

People traveling into Deception Pass State Park should expect noise levels similar to a rock concert on and near the bridges. Park staff will have free earplugs available. Caretakers should consider packing ear protection for children.

Limited parking and overnight lane closures
Parking near the highway is limited. Many of the usual parking turnouts along SR 20 are being used for construction equipment.

To prevent back-ups on the highway, visitors can access the bridge by entering the park at Cornet Bay Road and following signs and trail information at the North Beach parking lot. Travelers can also use the entrance north of the bridge, off Rosario Road, to access Lighthouse Point for unique bridge views.

The bridge road and walkways will remain open during construction. Nighttime traffic will alternate through a single lane Mondays through Fridays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. This will give crews from Eagle Industrial Painting, LLC space to move equipment and materials. No lane closures are scheduled during Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.

Deception Pass State Park
The 3,854-acre Deception Pass State Park includes marine and camping areas with saltwater and freshwater shorelines on three lakes. The park is located on two islands — Fidalgo to the north and Whidbey to the south. Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges connect the two islands, creating a gateway for exploration. Visitors can find more information, including trip planning resources, on the park's website.

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