So the Agate Pass Bridge is set to close nights for the month of March, restricting and ultimately making the chaotic travel between the beautiful land of North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island even worse.
Washington State Department of Transportation’s plans for a 21-day closure were likely quashed quicker than it takes an Islander to order a non-fat, triple shot, machiatto, while buying first class plane tickets to Barbados on an earpiece cell phone.
Meanwhile, the poor sap who raised a full 21-day closure of the bridge as an idea is probably now digging ditches somewhere in Enumclaw, or worse yet, Kent.
No connection between the Island and North Kitsap?
It’s been more than a quarter century since this was a fact of life and the world was a different place altogether. Not having the bridge, even for a short amount of time nowadays, results in huge problems. Next month will be no exception.
State Route 305 is a transportation lifeline for thousands who commute and travel between the North End and Seattle daily. In fact, the Bainbridge-Seattle run is the busiest run in WSF’s system.
Yet, North’s dependence on the Winslow terminal was created by the state — more specifically WSF, itself. After all, how many residents here would travel to the Island if it weren’t for the dock?
Meanwhile, some Islanders would just as soon never open the bridge again. Sure businesses there get a few hard earned NK bucks, but much more headaches in terms of traffic congestion.
On this note, maybe NK should follow suit and try to revel in this month-long separation as well. Enjoy the throw back to simpler times, pre-1950, when the only way to and from North Kitsap to the Island was by boat. Now that’d be something.
Although the “party” will be short lived, at the very least, it will provide enough time for some mired in late-night traffic to rethink their votes against Kingston-Seattle passenger ferry service and wonder what the now sailed ship could have meant for the area.