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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.

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.

Frequently asked questions

The purpose of the Baring Bridge Replacement Project is to plan, select, design and construct a new Baring Bridge.
Much of the bridge has been repaired, retrofitted, or replaced, but the timber and steel cable elements are continuing to age. Replacing isolated members and retrofitting problem areas have worked as temporary fixes, but a new replacement bridge is now necessary. The repairs that can be done have been done however the bridge is severely load restricted due to its condition and needs constant inspection to ensure it is safe to use. The bridge needs to be replaced before the condition deteriorates to the point it has to be closed.
Phase 1: Planning - Complete by March 2019
Phase 2: Preliminary Design - Complete by December 2019
Phase 3: Final Design - Complete by January 2024
Phase 4: Construction - Complete by January 2026
The Planning, Preliminary, and Final Design Phases are funded by the Roads Capital Fund. Future Project phases, including right-of-way acquisition, if necessary, and Construction, are yet to be approved.
King County is reaching out to Baring community members at this time to: obtain early input and a sense of community views on this Baring Bridge project; understand how King County can best communicate with the Baring community through all phases of this project over the coming months and years (planning, design, and construction); and understand how to best answer the community’s questions, share information, and hear project concerns or ideas. Following public and stakeholder input, a preferred bridge alternative will be selected and design will begin in first quarter of 2019.
  • Attend and provide input at a community open house scheduled for Saturday January 26, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at King County Fire District #50, 64110 NE Index Creek Road, Baring, WA
  • Contact Brent Champaco, Community Relations Planner / Public Information Officer, 206-477-9094 or Brent.Champaco@kingcounty.gov

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Brent Champaco, Community Relations Planner
Desk 206-477-9094
Cell 206-573-4267
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