Baring Bridge emergency repairs
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.
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.
Brent Champaco, Community Relations Planner
Desk 206-477-9094, cell 206-573-4267