However, long established law requires the Hood Canal Bridge and others like it (Title 33, Part 177 Draw Bridge Operations) to give marine traffic the right-of-way over vehicular traffic. The bridge reopened June 3, 2009.[13][14]. The pontoons are bolted together and then tethered with heavy cables to giant concrete anchors on the lake bottom. When asked the purpose of their trips, respondents reported that for weekend trips 21% were for recreational, 21% for social, 19% for personal, 18% for work, 6% for business, and 4% for medical reasons. The eastern approach span weighs more than 3,800 tons (3,400 tonnes) and the western approach span weighs more than 1,000 tons (907 tonnes). The bridge was named for Lacey V. Murrow, longtime director of the Washington State Highway Department. West-half reconstruction and 1982 re-opening, Associated Press. At 7,869 feet (1.490 mi; 2.398 km) in length (floating portion 6,521 feet (1.235 mi; 1.988 km)), it is the longest floating bridge in the world located in a saltwater tidal basin, and the fourth longest floating bridge overall. The Coast Guard says 8 people self-rescued from the boat's dinghy and made it safely to shore. The bridge reopened as a toll bridge, but tolls were lifted in 1985 after a court ruled that the insurance settlement constituted repayment of the construction bonds, and since federal funds were used in reconstructing the bridge, the Washington State Department of Transportation could not charge tolls after the bonds were retired. The transition spans and center draw span were also replaced during this closure. WSDOT stopped all work on the site, and a government-to-government consultation process began among the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, WSDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the State Historical Preservation Office. This story originally aired on Nov. 26, 2012. Hood Canal area of the Puget Sound in Washington state It was an exciting experience when this eagle flew past me in close proximity. Jump to Date Confirm Graph Plots Open in Graphs. At that time, "there was no evidence of historic properties or cultural resources" (NEPA Re-evaluation Consultation, FHWA) and WSDOT was able to purchase the site and begin construction. The tugboats remained on this unusual duty, holding the pontoons in place, until the anchor cables could be replaced and the new bridge made safe once again. The hollow pontoons filled with water and sank. The anchor cables on the new bridge were broken, and it wasn’t safe. HOOD CANAL, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says eight people escaped a sinking yacht in Hood Canal. The pontoons for the bridge were fabricated in the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle; during fabrication, two of the pontoons sank. The total cost of the project, about $471 million, was paid for by state, federal and agency funds. The convenience it provides has had a major impact on economic development, especially in eastern Jefferson County.[3]. Make sure you have the WSDOT mobile app and check our winter driving webpage. Help guide our reporting by submitting a topic, question, or one of your stories to our team. Have an emergency kit in your vehicle and be aware of forecasts. The two grew up together in Skagit County. The Hood Canal Bridge (officially William A. Bugge Bridge) is a floating bridge in the northwest United States, located in western Washington. Since that time, it has become a vital link for local residents, freight haulers, commuters, and recreational travelers. At 7,869 feet (1.490 mi; 2.398 km) in length (floating portion 6,521 feet (1.235 mi; 1.988 km)), it is the longest floating bridge in the world located in a saltwater tidal basin, and the fourth longest floating bridge overall. [4] The water depth below the pontoons ranges from 80 to 340 feet (25 to 105 m). This system seemed to work from when the bridge opened in 1961 until the disaster of 1979. The Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge across Lake Washington lists and sinks while undergoing renovation in November 1990. The Hood Canal Bridge (officially William A. Bugge Bridge) is a floating bridge located in the U.S. state of Washington that carries Washington State Route 104 across Hood Canal and connects the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. The structural engineers and the contractor decided the design was faulty. Tides All Tide Points High Tides Low Tides. [6][7][8][9] The western drawspan and the pontoons of the western half had broken loose and sunk, despite the drawspan being opened to relieve lateral pressure. The video count produced a weekday average of 14,915 trips/day and a weekend average of 18,759 trips/day. There it goes!”. It does, particularly because only 11 years ago another regionally famous floating bridge broke up and sank in heavy weather. WSDOT evaluated different sites at which to build during a site selection process. Within the first two weeks of construction, artifacts were found from an ancestral burial ground from an ancient village called Tse-whit-zen. WSDOT has an agreement with the US Coast Guard to prevent some seasonal drawspan openings. Like the Hood Canal Bridge 11 years earlier, it had broken apart and sunk. Seattle radio station KIRO won the industry’s most prestigious broadcast journalism award for their coverage of the sinking of the Lacey V. Murrow Bridge. The Washington state ferry system shall be efficiently managed, operated, and maintained as a revenue-producing undertaking. In planning for a prolonged closure of the bridge for the east-half replacement, the Washington State Department of Transportation conducted a five-day survey of bridge use in early June 1998 in order to assess closure impact and plan effective mitigation strategies. Angler. The project required the bridge to close to traffic for five weeks to allow the old pontoons of the east-half to be cut away and the new pontoons floated into position, cabled together and connected by cables to large anchors on the sea floor. Critics questioned the use of floating pontoons over salt water, especially at a location with high tide fluctuations and the concern that the funneling effect of the Hood Canal might magnify the intensity of winds and tides. His consulting for government agencies included NASA, the National Science Foundation and Washington state, including an analysis of factors that led to the sinking of the Hood Canal Bridge during a 1979 storm. It carries State Route 104 across Hood Canal of Puget Sound and connects the Olympic and KitsapPeninsulas. — The U.S. Coast Guard Seattle is at the scene of a 65-foot boat taking on water near the Hood Canal Bridge. In a project that lasted from 2003 to 2009, WSDOT replaced the east-half floating portion of the bridge, the east and west approach spans, the east and west transition spans, and the west-half electrical system. On June 15, 1979, actual work began with the removal of the west truss and transport for storage. The vehicle registration information indicated that a majority of trips were by residents of communities near the bridge. On August 14, 2006, WSDOT agreed to donate the site to the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, rebury all remains uncovered, and pay $2.5 million in damages.[15]. JUST IN: A 65-foot recreational boat is sinking 1.3 miles SW of the Hood Canal Bridge. The survey was in three stages: A video camera count of traffic on weekdays (Tuesday and Wednesday) and a weekend (Friday through Sunday) to estimate average volume; the use of that video to record license plate numbers for vehicle registration addresses to assess which communities would be most affected; and the mailing of a questionnaire to the registered owners of those vehicles seeking information on trip origin, destination, and purpose, and choice of travel alternatives during a bridge closure. Additional information about the Hood Canal Bridge is located on the Common Questions web page. Officials and the public were stunned by the sudden loss of the old bridge. And then, in February 1979, there was another big blow in Washington state, along with a lot of waves. For several hours before the Tuesday the 13th catastrophe, a storm has battered the bridge with winds of 80 miles per hour gusting to 120 miles per hour. Then, over Thanksgiving weekend, as often happens, a big storm blew in to Western Washington. An investigation into the sinking found that the pontoons had been exposed to water from the renovation process and from the rain and waves of the windstorm. It was renamed the Lacey V. Morrow bridge in 1967. A large number of eastbound weekday morning trips appeared to be for commuting purposes, with 92% of originating in Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Sequim, or Port Angeles, and 60% with central or northern Kitsap County as a destination, and 32% ending in the Seattle metropolitan area. Eight people managed to escape to safety when their 65-foot boat began sinking near the Hood Canal Bridge Tuesday evening. The boat has 300 gallons of diesel and 12 gallons of oil on board. Video of the Sinking of the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge. First opened 59 years ago in 1961, it was the seco… The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the grounding and sinking of the recreational yacht Silver Lining was the vessel’s operator not properly determining the ship's position approaching the west span of the Hood Canal Bridge from the south. Sunday night, officials decided to close the new bridge. Eight people were onboard and safely made it to shore in a dinghy. Before purchase, the National Historic Preservation Act required archaeologists to perform a review of the historical site. Are climatologists studying the pandemic’s effect on Puget Sound? On the weekend 48% of westbound trips originated on the north and central Kitsap Peninsula, with 88% of the destinations in areas near Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles. For weekday trips 33% were for work, 17% for personal, 14% for business, 11% for medical, 9% for social, and 8% for recreational reasons. It withdraws part of the bridge into itself, underneath the other layer. Outfitting includes adding all electrical and mechanical parts, connecting the pontoons into sections and building the roadway on top of the pontoons. The pontoons and anchors for the bridge could not be built at the bridge site due to space and facility limitations. All eight people who were on board were able to safely get into a dinghy and row to shore. I found a brief video on the state DOT site, which is definitely worth the 15 seconds or so it takes to watch it. On Tuesday, February 13, 1979, about 7 a.m., the western half of the Hood Canal Bridge sinks during a severe storm. The Hood Canal Bridge suffered catastrophic failure in 1979 during the February 13 windstorm. First opened 60 years ago in 1961, it was the second concrete floating bridge constructed in Washington. He was also brother of famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. Area 12 Hood Canal Report Washington. During the night, the bridge had withstood sustained winds of up to 85 mph (137 km/h) and gusts estimated at 120 mph (190 km/h), and finally succumbed at about 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13. A few turn sideways to make an opening. Get a quick look at the most important local stories of the day with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Fished 11/07/2009. Here in the Evergreen State, there’s something peculiar about bridges and windstorms. Peak volumes reach 20,000 vehicles on summer weekends[citation needed]. By Sunday, the news from Lake Washington was bad. The Murrow Bridge was on the bottom of Lake Washington. 65-foot boat started sinking 1.3 miles SW of the Hood Canal Bridge. A similar floating bridge was built across Lake Washington in 1940 to carry traffic on old US Highway 10, which later became known as Interstate 90. It is believed that this discovery may be documentation of the first time that Natives and non-Natives began to interact on this shore[citation needed]. [3] In its marine environment, the bridge is exposed to tidal swings of 16.5 feet (5 m).[5]. The design and planning process for the Hood Canal Bridge took nearly a decade amid criticism from some engineers throughout that time. KUOW is the Puget Sound region’s #1 radio station for news. HOOD CANAL – A salvage crew is working to recover a 65-foot yacht that took on water near the Hood Canal Bridge Tuesday. The most represented communities were, in numerical order, Port Ludlow (8%), Port Townsend (7%), Port Angeles (6%), Seattle (6%), Sequim (5%), Poulsbo (5%), Bremerton (4%), Port Hadlock (2%), and Silverdale (2%). Our independent, nonprofit newsroom produces award-winning stories, podcasts and events. The Hood Canal Bridge (officially William A. Bugge Bridge) is a floating bridge located in the U.S. state of Washington that carries Washington State Route 104 across Hood Canal and connects the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. By Sunday, the news from Lake Washington was bad. The Hood Canal Bridge re-opened to vehicular traffic in 1982 on Sunday, October 24. The depth of the water, however, made construction of support columns for other bridge types prohibitively expensive. The original bridge closed in 1989; with the current bridge … Nobody was hurt that blustery November day, but a few construction vehicles that’d been parked on the bridge for the weekend sank beneath the waves.