For decades, Fidalgo Island was linked to the Skagit Valley by a drawbridge over the Swinomish Channel. In 1972 the drawbridge was replaced by a single steel truss span serving both east and westbound traffic. The 3,259 foot-long span was seismically retrofitted in 1997 by the state Department of Transportation. The second “twin” span, which now carries westbound SR 20 traffic only, was built in 1981. It is 3,545 feet long. This span features a 6-foot sidewalk, popular among bicyclists. The “twin” bridges were named in honor of former State Representative Duane Berentson, an Anacortes native.
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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