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July 12th, 2022

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State ferry Tokitae, Anacortes dock.

May 5th, 2022

The Bridges of Fidalgo Island

By Steve Berentson Many who travel to Anacortes are surprised to learn the popular seaside community is located on an island. Another surprise is that this island is served by five bridges. While there are five bridges, the spans are located at only three service points. There are two sets of “twins,” and a small, […]

March 9th, 2022

Sidney-Anacortes ferry cancelled in Centennial year

The Sidney-Anacortes ferry route will not operate this spring, with service unlikely to be restored for the summer season. In a press release Tuesday, March 8 the Town of Sidney, British Columbia announced Washington State Ferries would not be operating the route due to a shortage of crew. “It is disappointing that this important connection […]

February 10th, 2022

Bridge project wraps with $24 million price tag

A high profile bridge maintenance, repair and paint project at Deception Pass was completed early this year with a total price tag of $24 million, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The project, which took two-plus years, started with one contractor and ended with another. Completing the job was North Carolina-based Cekra, […]

January 19th, 2022

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 […]

October 22nd, 2021

Bridge painters demobilize

Regular travelers across Deception Pass Bridge have noticed that after two-plus years, maintenance and painting crews are wrapping up painting and demobilizing equipment. WSDOT contractor Cekra appears to be within a week or so of removing project materials including a corrugated metal “floor” under Deception Pass and Canoe Pass spans. I am eager to see […]

October 15th, 2021

Fog over Deception Pass: 2013

With contractors packing up equipment and closing on the finish of a two-plus-year painting project, I look forward to seeing the iconic Deception Pass spans again — shiny green and free of rigging. Maybe this month!

October 5th, 2021

Guardrails testify to bridge timetable

Excuse the pun, but there appears to be “light at the end of the tunnel.” Evidence at Deception Pass indicates paint crews are closing in on the end of a high exposure project that dates back to 2019. Guardrails on the Highway 20 spans are just about finished, with just a short stretch of rail […]

September 23rd, 2021

Progress at Deception Pass

Major progress has been made on the maintenance/paint project on State Highway 20 at Deception Pass, as evidenced by these Wednesday afternoon photos from North Beach at the state park. Much of the painting on Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges has been complete. Work continues on top rails under protective shrouding, with brown primer […]

July 22nd, 2021

A long way from home

I had a brief opportunity Wednesday to photograph two members of a large team of contractors working beneath Deception Pass Bridge. One of them is from Texas, the other from Boston, Massachusetts. This months-long bridge repair and painting project is being completed by Cekra Construction of North Carolina under contract with the state Department of […]

June 25th, 2021

Iconic NW bridges undergo facelift

Northwest icon Deception Pass bridges have been under protective shrouds on and off for months as contractors do repair and paint work for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). “The bridge” is actually two spans: Canoe Pass Bridge connecting Fidalgo Island to the center support of Pass Island, and Deception Pass Bridge connecting to […]

June 3rd, 2021

Bridge work continues at Pass

With bridge access from above severely limited due to the ongoing painting project, I opted to walk up from North Beach. It is fascinating to see the network of brackets, cables, chainlink and “curtains” put into place for bridge repairs and paint prep workers. Much activity has now moved south from Canoe Pass Bridge on […]

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