Baring Bridge No. 509A Replacement Project
October 22, 2020 – View our presentation to the King County Landmarks Commission. PDF 4MB
June 8, 2020 – UPCOMING WORK: Monday, June 22 through Thursday, July 2, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays only). King County will return for additional soil sampling near the east end of Baring Bridge. The County also will conduct river survey work in Index Creek and the South Fork Skykomish River. View the June 2020 flyer for details. PDF 565KB. If you have any questions, please contact us.
April 27, 2020 – Work to design the new Baring Bridge is ramping up. Soil samples from as much as 120 feet deep underground are needed to help determine the final foundation design of the new bridge. Crews will be working near the bridge to collect the underground soil samples on May 11 through June 2, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week only (no weekends). The work may be loud at times because it will require the use of large truck-mounted impact hammers to obtain the soil samples. Construction of the new Baring Bridge is currently expected to start in 2024 and last until 2026. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.
February 28, 2019 - The core project team updated the King County Landmarks Commission of the selection of the preferred alternative. The PowerPoint presentation to the Landmarks Commission can be found under the Documents section on this page. For more information regarding the selected preferred alternative, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
February 22, 2019 - King County selected the preferred alternative based on the highest scoring bridge type and bridge location, which was the steel truss bridge on the same alignment.
February 8, 2019 - The project team held a workshop to discuss the proposed alternatives for the bridge type and bridge location. To determine the preferred alternative, a comprehensive list of important attributes was developed around community, engineering, and economical factors. Attributes were then weighted and each bridge type and bridge location alternative were scored independently. An extensive project team consisting of 17 subject matter experts in all fields required for the design, permitting, environmental, right-of-way, and construction of the new bridge participated in a discussion to determine a score for each alternative. Many of the experts attended and answered questions/concerns at the public open house in January 2019 and the community input was incorporated into the appropriate attributes of the scoring in selection of a preferred alternative.
January 11, 2019 - Welcome to the Baring Bridge Replacement Project webpage. This page features information about the project along with a survey, map, photos and public outreach documents. We will also post updates as new information becomes available. Please consider signing up for the Baring Bridge email/text alerts to receive the latest information. To sign-up, click the red button to the right.
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Broch Bender, Communications Manager
• June 2020 flyer PDF 565KB
• Survey questions PDF 449KB
• Open house flyer, January 2019 PDF 63KB
• Existing conditions and project urgency PDF 3MB
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Frequently asked questions about the selected preferred alternative
Environmental Impacts & Mitigation Requirements
Bridge Life Cycle Cost (Maintenance, Repair, Inspection of One Bridge versus Two)
Landmark Bridge Preservation
Proper Fit for the Setting
Bridge Foundation Risks (Artesian Aquifer Conditions)
Local Contractor’s Qualifications and Experience
Constructability Risks and Staging
Bridge Life Cycle (Maintenance, Repair, Inspection) Cost
January 29, 2019 - King County Road Services Division held a community open house on Saturday, January 26 to discuss conceptual plans for the Baring Bridge Replacement Project. The open house was held in the King County Fire District 50 station near the Baring Bridge. Thank you to the fire department for allowing us to use this space. The event drew a large turnout of community members including residents, property owners and the Fire Chief. The project team provided a running PowerPoint of project information, presentation display boards and flyers. Documents presented at the meeting are available on this webpage in the green column to the right. Attendees also discussed the project with King County staff and the project consultant, and participated in a survey. Note: The survey deadline has been extended to Friday, February 1, 2019. Thank you to everyone who attended the open house. Please continue to visit this webpage for updates on this project.
Baring Bridge is a King County-owned and maintained timber suspension bridge located on NE Index Creek Road over the South Fork of the Skykomish River near the Town of Skykomish and U.S. Route 2. It was originally built in 1930 and in 1999 was designated a Historic Landmark by King County.
The bridge provides sole access to about 170 properties, including more than 40 residences, in the unincorporated community of Baring, WA. Much of the bridge has been repaired or retrofitted, however, the bridge is now severely load-restricted and must be replaced. King County will replace the existing timber structure with a wider, steel truss bridge. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024 and last through 2026.