State reports stats on Deception Pass Bridge Project
For two-plus years, contractors for the state Department of Transportation worked on a bridge paint and maintenance project at Deception Pass. The work was complete early this year, and today WSDOT issued a public report with project elements. According to the WSDOT, the contractor cleaned exposed metal and applied 4,000 gallons of paint under a full containment system that looked like tarps hanging from the bridge. This system kept paint, dust and other debris from falling into the water below. Crews also replaced 80 structural steel components and 5,400 rivets and bolts. An estimated 150,000 man-hours were worked to complete this project. For photos and more details, click here. (Photo of bridge worker from before project was completed)
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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