Baring Bridge No. 509A Replacement Project
Work on new replacement bridge expected to begin in 2026
The construction schedule has been revised. We now expect to begin work on the new replacement bridge in 2026, instead of 2024. It will take approximately two years to build the replacement bridge. The revised construction schedule allows the county more time to obtain the necessary environmental permits and approvals needed to finalize the bridge design and start construction.
The Baring bridge provides sole access to approximately 170 properties, including more than 40 residences, in the unincorporated community of Baring, WA. Much of the bridge has been repaired or retrofitted over the years, however it continues to decay and must be replaced. King County will replace the existing timber bridge with a wider, steel truss bridge. The new bridge will be open to all vehicles and carry no weight restrictions. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2026 and last through 2028.
Baring Bridge is a King County owned and maintained timber suspension bridge. It is located on NE Index Creek Road over the South Fork of the Skykomish River near the Town of Baring and U.S. Route 2. The bridge was built in 1930. In 1999, it was designated a Landmark by King County and in August 2019, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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- Latest updates
- Project overview
- Project location
- Replacement bridge design
- What to expect during construction
- Community involvement
- Frequently asked questions about the selected preferred alternative
Broch Bender, Roads Communications Manager
• Project status updates, January 2019-August 2021 PDF 194KB
• 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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Replacement bridge design
The new Baring Bridge will be a steel truss bridge. It will be built in the same location as the existing bridge. The new bridge will be open to all sizes and types of vehicles. It will have one single lane and wide shoulders for pedestrians.
- Reusing the main steel cables of the existing bridge as a decorative element on the bridge railing.
- Painting the steel truss “National Park Service Brown,” so that it blends in with the scenery.
- Incorporating weathered steel railings on the bridge and approach to better fit the rural character of the setting.
- Weathering the steel railings on the new bridge and the bridge approaches to help make the new bridge appear older than it is.
What to expect during construction
Construction is currently planned to start in spring 2026 and end in spring 2028. King County will build a temporary one-lane bridge adjacent to and downstream of the existing bridge. The temporary bridge will carry traffic over the South Fork of the Skykomish River while the new bridge is under construction. Once the temporary bridge opens to traffic, the existing bridge will be closed and removed.
Public engagement with community members about the replacement Baring Bridge project began in January 2019. Since then, we have held several community meetings, presentations and workshops. We’ve used input from residents, visitors, local businesses, county representatives, state and national agencies to help design the replacement bridge. The project team will continue to work with the public and partner agencies until the new bridge is officially complete. A detailed listing of our public engagement materials, activities and presentations is available in the public outreach and documents section of this website. Community members are welcome to contact us directly for more information or to schedule a meeting.
Frequently asked questions about the selected preferred alternative
Federal and state laws require mitigation for the removal and replacement of the bridge. Mitigation is a list of agreed-upon actions or commitments designed to help compensate for possible environmental impacts caused by the removal and replacement of the bridge. In this case, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for determining the proposed mitigation plan. Next, the Corps works with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to make sure both agencies agree on the proposed mitigation plan. Once the agreement is finalized, the Corps will publish a document called the Memorandum of Agreement. This Memorandum is necessary to allow the county to remove the historic Baring bridge.
We intend to advertise the project to potential contractors in winter 2025. Construction is expected to start in spring/summer 2026 and end in spring 2028.
There also will be opportunities for community members to participate in project update meetings and events as we draw closer to finalizing the project design. We will update the project website and send out “save the date” notifications for all future community meetings.