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Baring Bridge
The Baring Bridge near Skykomish, Washington. Photo by Eduardo Calderón.

Latest updates

May 11, 2017 — Flyer boxes have been installed on each end of the bridge. Flyers will also be distributed in the Baring community and surrounding areas.

Flyer box at the Baring Bridge.
One of the flyer boxes installed at the Baring Bridge.

Background

The Baring Bridge #509A is a timber suspension bridge located on NE Index Creek Road over the South Fork of the Skykomish River near Skykomish and US Highway 2. It was originally built in 1930 and provides sole access to about 170 properties including more than 40 residences.

The bridge is 340 feet long and is only 8.2 feet wide from curb to curb. The bridge is currently posted for a weight limit of 10 tons. The posted speed limit is 5 mph. Please follow the speed limit and weight restriction to help prevent any further damage to the bridge.

King County owns and maintains the bridge. It is regularly monitored and inspected. In April 2017, a special condition inspection was performed on the bridge’s timber driving surface (deck planks) and support members below the deck. Bridge engineers determined that the timber support members below the deck and the timber driving surface need to be replaced or repaired.

The bridge will continue to be closely monitored. Emergency repair work is expected to begin in late spring/early summer once the design and permitting process is complete. Details on the repair work and schedule will be posted on this webpage as soon as they are determined, along with updates and photos.

Deficiencies
Baring Bridge deficiencies - enlarged view

Wheel curb rails
Wheel curb rails failing - enlarged view

Photos of the bridge

South tower
South tower of the Baring Bridge looking north.
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View showing the bridge's timber driving surface.

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Another view of the bridge's south tower looking north.
Aerial view.
Aerial view of the Baring Bridge.

Strengthing brackets installed.
Crews installing strengthening brackets on the bridge towers.

Contact us

Brent Champaco, Community Relations Planner
Desk 206-477-9094, cell 206-573-4267
Email Brent.Champaco@kingcounty.gov

Call us:

206-477-8100 or 1-800-527-6237 (1-800-KC-ROADS)

Questions?

Send us an email.