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    Ah yes, the floating bridge I put earnest money on a house in Hadlock 2 weeks before she blew down in '79. At the time I lived at Poulsbo. Realtor let me have my money back as I worked in Kitsap County and didn't own a submarine.
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    Hood Canal Bridge could reopen as early as Monday, June 8

    By Patrick J. Sullivan of The Leader

    The Hood Canal Bridge could reopen Monday, June 8 - about a week ahead of schedule - if delicate work joining floating pontoons being undertaken this weekend is completed as planned. The floating bridge, which handles up to 20,000 vehicles a day heading to and from the Olympic Peninsula, has been closed since May 1.

    Washington State Department of Transportation officials made the "early opening" announcement Friday afternoon.

    "This is the best news that I've had in a long time," said Becky Hixson, WSDOT bridge project communication team manager.

    The state's contract with Kiewit-General called for a six-week closure: from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 1 to 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 12.

    But the contractor has been granted 3.25 "weather days" - extra time to the base timetable because of work hours lost to windy weather. That puts the six-week contract date now at 6:01 a.m. on Monday, June 15, Hixson told The Leader.

    The contractor stands to gain $75,000 per day for every day - up to seven days - the job is done ahead of schedule, which now is June 15.

    "Based on what we know this afternoon, the opening could be as early as June 8," Hixson said.

    All the major new components for the world's longest floating bridge over saltwater were in place by May 18. But the work to "join" the new pontoons needs calm weather, and almost had to be called off May 21 due to wind.

    "What really put us in a good position to know we will finish early was getting past joining pontoons UVWX and RST," Hood Canal Bridge Principal Engineer Dave Ziegler said in a press release. "Despite wind and weather, we found a way to get the job done."

    WSDOT and Kiewit-General used special fittings on old anchor cables to temporarily hold the new pontoons in place, brought in extra tug boats so work continued during rough weather, accelerated pontoon installation during good weather and shifted crews to new tasks when they finished jobs early.

    "We want to give our contractor and WSDOT crews a lot of credit for working through difficult weather and complicated technical issues to get us to this point," Paula Hammond, Washington Transportation Secretary, said in a May 22 press release. "This has been a very difficult project that required highly technical and precise work, and we are pleased that things have gone well."

    State officials caution people who need to make medical appointments or other essential travel plans on June 8 or June 9, for example, to continue to make the necessary decisions as if the bridge were still closed.

    "As soon as we know exactly when the bridge will reopen we will let people know, but until then people need to make their own decisions on alternate methods of travel," Hixson said.

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    Hood Canal Bridge could reopen by June 5

    Updated info on the Hood Canal Bridge project and some great photos of the on going construction....

    http://www.ptleader.com/main.asp?Sec...313&TM=40107.7
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    Steve,

    Glad it's finally going to be reopened...perhaps we could make a run to Fat Smitty's for lunch someday soon to check out the new bridge....

    Heck, any reason to ride to Smitty's is a good one...but I would like to check out that new construction.

    We'll have to keep our speed down under what was posted in that email you sent. LOL

    Cheers!

    Bill J

    PS. Leaving for Hawaii on the 23rd, if we can't make a ride before then, perhaps right after we get back???

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeckS View Post
    Steve,

    Glad it's finally going to be reopened...perhaps we could make a run to Fat Smitty's for lunch someday soon to check out the new bridge....

    Heck, any reason to ride to Smitty's is a good one...but I would like to check out that new construction.

    We'll have to keep our speed down under what was posted in that email you sent. LOL

    Cheers!

    Bill J

    PS. Leaving for Hawaii on the 23rd, if we can't make a ride before then, perhaps right after we get back???
    Awww to eat another cheeseburger and fries at Smittys would be heaven. Used to ride there from Bainbridge Is. often. They were closed for a long time before we moved to AZ. Seems the cook/owner was caught taking a wizz off the back porch and lost the license. So glad to hear it is open again. Beside the cheeseburgers and fries the beer was pretty good also.

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    Hey Bill,

    I'm still in the Bay Area. Trying to get out here but keep picking extra work.

    Got a freind that wants me to help him bring his 6 meter down from Orcas next week-end, so I'll have to see if I make back by then in time for the bridge opening....

    Look forward to taking a little jaunt with you real soon...

    Got any ideals for my trip back. Thought about going up through Crater Lake and try to stay along the Cascades to the Dallles and then up behind St. Helens and on into Tacoma... Not sure what the snow is like up along the crest. Guess there's one way to find out....

    Sounds like you are getting some good weather up there....

    Later, Steve
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    Steve,

    Since you've been giving us updates on the bridge I assumed you were back already...guess not!

    The Orcas expedition sounds like fun, hope it works out for you.

    I just checked the USFS road report, and it appears that there are still closures on those roads east of Helens. Still have snow across in some higher areas, and the road just south of Randle has a bridge that will be closed for repairs. Of course with all this warm weather (73 in Seabeck today, 78 tomorrow) those snow closures may be disappearing. You can find that road info by looking for the Gifford-Pinchot USFS website, I think they are pretty good about updating.

    Coming north from Crater I'd pick the road that goes from north of Bend to Sisters, which brings you back to I-5 at Salem. OR an alternative is to keep going north to Madras, then head on 26 towards Mt. Hood and thence to Hood River. You can cross the River at Hood River and avoid some of the superslab and Portland that way....

    The stretch from Bend to the Dalles is kinda boring IMHO.

    Hope you have a good ride...be careful out there!

    See ya when you get back.

    Bill J




    Quote Originally Posted by roofertoo View Post
    Hey Bill,

    I'm still in the Bay Area. Trying to get out here but keep picking extra work.

    Got a freind that wants me to help him bring his 6 meter down from Orcas next week-end, so I'll have to see if I make back by then in time for the bridge opening....

    Look forward to taking a little jaunt with you real soon...

    Got any ideals for my trip back. Thought about going up through Crater Lake and try to stay along the Cascades to the Dallles and then up behind St. Helens and on into Tacoma... Not sure what the snow is like up along the crest. Guess there's one way to find out....

    Sounds like you are getting some good weather up there....

    Later, Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaherbst View Post
    Awww to eat another cheeseburger and fries at Smittys would be heaven. Used to ride there from Bainbridge Is. often. They were closed for a long time before we moved to AZ. Seems the cook/owner was caught taking a wizz off the back porch and lost the license. So glad to hear it is open again. Beside the cheeseburgers and fries the beer was pretty good also.
    LOL!

    Never heard the story about why they were closed...BUT way glad the place is open these days. It's a great spot, though sort of a long way from AZ.

    Spot I used to like in AZ doesn't exist anymore...it was between East Flag and downtown Flag in the days when there was some noticeble distance betweent the two. Place was called the Copper Kettle...some good eatin'!

    Cheers, BJ

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    Thanks Bill,

    Still up in the air about which route to take. I did the east side of the mts. a few years back. Like to stay out the wind if possible.

    If the weather holds through the week I may just ride the coast back. Can't beat the west coast this time of year....
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    Quote Originally Posted by roofertoo View Post
    Thanks Bill,

    Still up in the air about which route to take. I did the east side of the mts. a few years back. Like to stay out the wind if possible.

    If the weather holds through the week I may just ride the coast back. Can't beat the west coast this time of year....
    I'm green with envy! Too many things going on in the family right now to take any time off!

    Have a good ride!

    BJ

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    Hood Canal Bridge Reopens toTraffic

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    Quote Originally Posted by roofertoo View Post
    Yup - bridge re-opened late last night. The Olympic Peninsula's vacation from tourists is now over
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    It's a big improvement over the old bridge...just rode over to Shine and back this afternoon. Nice shoulders all the way across for those broken down cagers. And the grates must be some better design, no hint of wiggles on those 3 short sections. Not real smooth though, but guess that's sort of standard with a floating bridge design.

    Cheers! Bill J

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    Hey Bill,

    Glad you got to check it out. I'm still down in CA. Just rode highway 1 yesterday up from Jenner to Willow Cr. out on 299. Gonna try highway 36 out for the return trip. Really looking forward to that.

    Probably work my way back up toward the end of next week. We'll have to take a ride out to Fat Smitty's for lunch....
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    Steve,

    Love those North Coast highways and byways. When the in-laws lived in Point Arena I had a lot of fun driving/riding that area. Though for some reason I've never been on 36 from the coast back to the valley...heard it's really a good one!

    Definitely up for a ride to Smitty's for lunch after you get back...tho we're leaving on the 23rd for the Aloha State for about 10 days. Then back here for 5 days and off to the cornfields of Iowa for a family reunion. Busy summer!

    Let me know when you're back in Sound country again...and take care!

    Bill J

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