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Ferrymageddon Construction Project Recap: September 2023

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.

For more updates on the ongoing renovations of the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal head to the WSF website

 

Ferrymageddon Construction Project Gallery

Empty car waiting area at Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal, preparing for a week long vehicle closure
Empty car waiting area at Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal, as part of a week-long vehicle closure
Preparing for construction at WSF
Preparing for construction at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal
Medical emergency on Sept 8, the 2nd day of construction - patient is okay
Medical emergency put the project on hold during Sept 8, the 2nd day of construction – an injured worker was treated at Harborview and later released
Tugboat holding barge with 3 large pieces of the new walkway
Tugboat delivers a barge with 3 large pieces of the new walkway
Hydraulic driven wheeled platforms that move new walkway off barge
Hydraulic driven wheeled platforms move new walkway off the barge
Concrete supports which are the base for the new terminal walkway
Concrete and steel supports form the base for the new terminal walkway
First walkway section in place at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal
First walkway section in place at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal
The final piece of the terminal walkway being placed on Sept 12
The final piece of the new terminal walkway being put in place on Sept 12
Contrak Watts employees working on the ferry terminal construction
Contrack Watts employees working on the ferry terminal construction
Two Omega Morgan heavy weight cranes moving the last section of the walkway into place
Two Omega Morgan heavyweight cranes move the last section of the walkway into place
Last walkway section in place at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal
The sun shines on the last overhead walkway section in place at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal
Normal service resumed - cars in line for the ferry on front of completed ferrymageddon project - September 13, 2023
Normal service resumed – cars in line for the ferry next to the completed ferrymageddon project – September 13, 2023

Bonus coverage of ferrymageddon from KOMO News:


 

Photo Credits: Jessica Perkins, Matt Rothe, Derek Stabelfeldt, Anna Short, Stefan Goldby