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The Baring Bridge near Skykomish, Washington. Photo by Eduardo Calderón.

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July 24, 2017 — Prep work update
Prep work for the Baring Bridge emergency repairs will take place from Wednesday, July 26 through Friday, July 28. Motorists should expect delays. Intermittent closures will take place as the crew moves and sets-up equipment. The closures will last 15 to 20 minutes. Flaggers will guide traffic through the work area. The emergency repair work begins Monday, August 7 and will require a full closure of the Baring Bridge, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The work is expected to last up to nine weeks.

July 19, 2017 — On-site preparations for Baring Bridge emergency repairs rescheduled
Crews will begin setting up equipment and scaffolding for emergency repairs of the Baring Bridge during the last week of July. Crews anticipate this process will begin either Wednesday, July 26 or Thursday, July 27, instead of Wednesday, July 19, as previously reported. An update will be posted when the specific date is known. During on-site preparations, motorists should expect traffic delays. Intermittent bridge closures will take place as the crew moves and set-ups equipment. The closures will last 15 to 20 minutes. The emergency repair work begins Monday, August 7 and will require a full closure of the Baring Bridge, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Repair work may also take place over Labor Day weekend including Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4. The work is expected to last up to nine weeks. King County is coordinating with the fire district, school district and U.S. Postal Service. Emergency response plans are being finalized in coordination with the fire district.

June 30, 2017 — On-site preparations for Baring Bridge repair work begin July 19
Starting Wednesday, July 19, crews will begin setting up equipment and scaffolding for emergency repairs for the Baring Bridge project. This prep work requires intermittent closures, Monday through Saturday. An additional alert will be sent out and posted at the site prior to the start of the prep work with specific closure hours.

Bridge repair work begins Monday, August 7 and will require the bridge to be closed to all motorized, non-motorized and pedestrian traffic Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The repair work is expected to last up to nine weeks, concluding approximately the first week of October. The bridge is located on NE Index Creek Road over the South Fork of the Skykomish River near Skykomish and US Highway 2.

During this time emergency access will be limited. The Skykomish Fire District is planning to stage an ambulance and a small fire truck on the south side of the bridge during the time the bridge is closed.

May 11, 2017 — Flyer boxes have been installed on each end of the bridge. Flyers will also be distributed in the Baring community and surrounding areas.

Flyer box at the Baring Bridge.
One of the flyer boxes installed at the Baring Bridge.

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Background

The Baring Bridge #509A is a timber suspension bridge located on NE Index Creek Road over the South Fork of the Skykomish River near Skykomish and US Highway 2. It was originally built in 1930 and provides sole access to about 170 properties including more than 40 residences.

The bridge is 340 feet long and is only 8.2 feet wide from curb to curb. The bridge is currently posted for a weight limit of 10 tons. The posted speed limit is 5 mph. Please follow the speed limit and weight restriction to help prevent any further damage to the bridge.

King County owns and maintains the bridge. It is regularly monitored and inspected. In April 2017, a special condition inspection was performed on the bridge’s timber driving surface (deck planks) and support members below the deck. Bridge engineers determined that the timber support members below the deck and the timber driving surface need to be replaced or repaired.

The bridge will continue to be closely monitored. Emergency repair work is expected to begin in late spring/early summer once the design and permitting process is complete. Details on the repair work and schedule will be posted on this webpage as soon as they are determined, along with updates and photos.

Deficiencies
Baring Bridge deficiencies - enlarged view

Wheel curb rails
Wheel curb rails failing - enlarged view

Photos of the bridge

South tower
South tower of the Baring Bridge looking north.
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View showing the bridge's timber driving surface.

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Another view of the bridge's south tower looking north.
Aerial view.
Aerial view of the Baring Bridge.

Strengthing brackets installed.
Crews installing strengthening brackets on the bridge towers.
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