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February 28, 2019 - The core project team updated the King County Landmarks Commission of the selection of the preferred alternative. The PowerPoint presentation to the Landmarks Commission can be found under the Documents section on this page. For more information regarding the selected preferred alternative, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

February 22, 2019 - King County selected the preferred alternative based on the highest scoring bridge type and bridge location, which was the steel truss bridge on the same alignment.

February 8, 2019 - The project team held a workshop to discuss the proposed alternatives for the bridge type and bridge location. To determine the preferred alternative, a comprehensive list of important attributes was developed around community, engineering, and economical factors. Attributes were then weighted and each bridge type and bridge location alternative were scored independently. An extensive project team consisting of 17 subject matter experts in all fields required for the design, permitting, environmental, right-of-way, and construction of the new bridge participated in a discussion to determine a score for each alternative. Many of the experts attended and answered questions/concerns at the public open house in January 2019 and the community input was incorporated into the appropriate attributes of the scoring in selection of a preferred alternative.

Frequently asked questions about the selected preferred alternative

King County has selected a steel truss bridge.
The new bridge will be constructed in the same location as the existing bridge.
The current bridge will be removed and replaced with the new bridge.
In order to remove the Landmark bridge King County would need to obtain a Type III Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the King County Landmarks Commission. King County has not yet applied for a COA. The COA process is open to the public. There will be additional historic preservation review processes under the National Historic Preservation Act, depending on funding and permitting sources for the new bridge.
A comprehensive list of important attributes was developed around community, engineering, and economical concerns. These attributes were used to determine the type and location of the new bridge. Attributes were then weighted and each bridge type and bridge location alternative was scored independently. The highest scoring bridge type and bridge location was chosen.
An inclusive project team consisting of 17 experts in all fields required for the design, permitting, environmental, right-of-way, and construction of the new bridge participated in a discussion to determine a score for each alternative. Many of the experts attended and answered questions/concerns at the public open house and the community input was incorporated into the scoring. The Department of Local Services Road Service Division Director/County Road Engineer and the Engineering Services Section Manager then reviewed and finalized the scoring.

Bridge Location
Environmental Impacts & Mitigation Requirements
Community Input
Geometric Constraints
Right-Of-Way Impacts
Bridge Life Cycle Cost (Maintenance, Repair, Inspection of One Bridge versus Two)
Landmark Bridge Preservation
Construction Cost
County Liability

Bridge Type
Proper Fit for the Setting
Community Input
Bridge Foundation Risks (Artesian Aquifer Conditions)
Local Contractor’s Qualifications and Experience
Constructability Risks and Staging
Environmental Impacts
Construction Duration
Construction Cost
Bridge Life Cycle (Maintenance, Repair, Inspection) Cost

Now that the bridge type and location has been selected the new bridge project can proceed with the design phase. The preliminary design is planned to be completed by December 2019. The final design, permitting, and right-of-way acquisition is scheduled for completion and ready for advertisement in the first quarter of 2024. Any additional studies, permits, and approvals required for design will be performed during design phase. Currently, construction is anticipated to start in 2024 and finish in 2026.
The new bridge will be designed to current standards and will allow a crossing for all legal trucks including emergency and service vehicles and will be comparable to most other bridges.
Yes. A temporary bridge will be constructed adjacent to and downstream of the existing bridge for public use while the new bridge is being built.
We will update the project website and send out Save the Date notifications for all future organized community meetings. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Brent Champaco, Community Relations Planner/Public Information Officer, 206-477-9094 or Brent.Champaco@kingcounty.gov, with any questions.

Open house

January 29, 2019 - King County Road Services Division held a community open house on Saturday, January 26 to discuss conceptual plans for the Baring Bridge Replacement Project. The open house was held in the King County Fire District 50 station near the Baring Bridge. Thank you to the fire department for allowing us to use this space. The event drew a large turnout of community members including residents, property owners and the Fire Chief. The project team provided a running PowerPoint of project information, presentation display boards and flyers. Documents presented at the meeting are available on this webpage in the green column to the right. Attendees also discussed the project with King County staff and the project consultant, and participated in a survey. Note: The survey deadline has been extended to Friday, February 1, 2019. Thank you to everyone who attended the open house. Please continue to visit this webpage for updates on this project.

Baring Bridge public meeting.

Baring Bridge public meeting.

Baring Bridge public meeting.

Baring Bridge public meeting.

January 11, 2019 - Welcome to the Baring Bridge Replacement Project webpage. This page features information about the project along with a survey, map, photos and public outreach documents. We will also post updates as new information becomes available. Please consider signing up for the Baring Bridge email/text alerts to receive the latest information. To sign-up, click the red button to the right.

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Background

Baring Bridge is a King County-owned and maintained timber suspension bridge located on NE Index Creek Road over the South Fork of the Skykomish River near the Town of Skykomish and U.S. Route 2. It was originally built in 1930 and in 1999 was designated a Historic Landmark by King County.

The bridge provides sole access to about 170 properties, including more than 40 residences, in the unincorporated community of Baring, WA. The Baring Bridge Replacement Project is a permanent solution with a long-term effort to plan, select, design and construct a new Baring Bridge.