The past week has seen Ferrymageddon construction underway to replace the wooden walkway at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal – work started at 1am on the morning of Thursday September 7 and was due to complete overnight on Tuesday September 12/Wednesday September 13 (but was completed slightly ahead of schedule by 6pm on the 12th).
During Ferrymageddon week, Washington State Ferries reduced service on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle route to a single boat and did not allow cars, trucks, bicycles, or motorcycles on that boat – though teh 2nd Bainbridge boat was tapped to provide additional runs were added to the Kingston-Edmonds route to mitigate the impact on cross-sound travel.
As part of a $33 million project, large Omega Morgan cranes were placed in the space where cars usually load onto ferry boats, then lifted three large high-strength steel structures (brought over from Tacoma on a barge) on to solid concrete supports to create new wider, straighter walkways with heating/cooling and seating.
While WSDOT conducted vital work to replace the (seismically unsound) 50-year-old overhead passenger walkway, residents found alternate ways to get into Seattle with their vehicle, while local businesses needed new ways to get deliveries and supplies to their place of business.
On day 2 of the closure, a Contrack Watts employee was injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated and later released from the hospital, but, while workplay safety rules were followed, the accident did not ultimately delay the timely completion of this major project.
Ferrymageddon Construction Project Gallery
Bonus coverage of ferrymageddon from KOMO News:
Photo Credits: Jessica Perkins, Matt Rothe, Derek Stabelfeldt, Anna Short, Stefan Goldby