Restoration work turns up the volume on Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges

(OAK HARBOR)– As summer quietly winds to an end, work to repaint two of Washington’s historic bridges cranks up.

Beginning the week of Monday, Aug. 26, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will start sandblasting old paint off the Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges. This work is part of a multi-year project that began earlier this year to preserve the iconic structures.

The loud sandblasting work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday. It will take months of work – and the noise that comes with it –for crews to remove the old paint and add a fresh coat to protect the steel from corrosion.

Travelers and visitors to Deception Pass State Park can expect noise volumes, on and near the bridges, similar to a rock concert. Park staff will have free earplugs available for visitors. Caretakers should consider packing ear protection for children.

Parking near the highway is always limited and crews are using many of the usual parking turnouts along State Route 20 for equipment.

To prevent back-ups on the highway, consider entering the park at Cornet Bay Road and follow signs to North Beach. Visitors can follow signed trails by foot from that parking lot to access the bridge. Travelers can also use the entrance north of the bridge, off Rosario Road, to access Lighthouse Point with unique bridge views.

Travelers should also expect overnight lane closures across the bridges Saturdays through Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. The bridges will remain open, but traffic will alternate through just one lane. The closures allow crews from Eagle Industrial Painting, LLC, to move equipment and materials into the work zone. No lane closures will happen during Labor Day weekend.

The 3,854-acre Deception Pass State Park includes a marine and camping park with 14.5 miles of saltwater shoreline and 6.4 miles of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park is located on two islands — Fidalgo to the north and Whidbey to the south. Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges connect the two islands, creating a gateway for exploration.