Evergreen Point Floating Bridge

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On the old bridge, they’d open the span in the middle during big storms to reduce stress on it, and I’d assume the same holds for the replacement. In the early 80s I was caught on the old bridge in a storm at night while going back to the east side. If you were already heading onto the bridge, there was no exit, so traffic had to drive all the way out to the open span in the middle, where it could U-turn because there was a connection between the inbound and outbound lanes. Highway workers in bright orange plastic slickers directed the traffic there. The whole experience was a bit unnerving, because the bridge deck was bucking in the waves while sheets of water blew across the roadway! It felt like being on an aircraft carrier in a storm, or something. Having the whole experience happen in the dark just added to the unease.

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