An artist’s rendition of the inside of the proposed new passenger walkway at the Bainbridge ferry terminal. (Image courtesy of WSF)

An artist’s rendition of the inside of the proposed new passenger walkway at the Bainbridge ferry terminal. (Image courtesy of WSF)

Open houses coming this week for new passenger walkway at Bainbridge ferry terminal

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:36pm
  • News

Officials with Washington State Ferries are hosting a series of meetings this week to give details on the $19.3 million replacement of the passenger walkway at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal.

WSF notes that more than 3 million people use the overhead walkway at the Bainbridge terminal every year. But the existing walkway — built on wooden piles — is 45 years old and could fall down during a big earthquake, officials said.

Construction of a new walkway — one anchored by steel and concrete columns that would survive a major quake — is planned for summer 2019.

WSF will host open houses for the project on the 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. sailings from Seattle to Bainbridge on Wednesday, July 11; and also inside the Bainbridge Island terminal from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The project is expected to go to bid this October, with work starting next summer and the new walkway opening in summer 2020.

Demolition of the existing walkway will follow in winter 2020, with the entire project wrapping up by spring 2021.

The new walkway will be wider than the existing one, according to WSF, and will be lined with clear glass windows to replace the current frosted ones. One section of the walkway will be heated, and benches will be added to give ferry riders a place to sit while they wait for their ship to come in.

The existing exterior ramp will also be removed; WSF notes that the ramp is a safety hazard because pedestrians walk through the ferry holding lot and bus turn-around area to get to the ramp.

The project is being funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, plus matching state funds.

The Bainbridge Island-Seattle ferry route is the busiest in the WSF system for walk-on passengers. The route carried 3.3 million walk-on riders in 2017.

A rendering of the new Bainbridge walkway, looking northwest. (Image courtesy of WSF)

A rendering of the new Bainbridge walkway, looking northwest. (Image courtesy of WSF)

The passenger walkway project, as seen from above. (Image courtesy of WSF)

The passenger walkway project, as seen from above. (Image courtesy of WSF)

More in News

Bainbridge blotter | Just scraping by

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter. THURSDAY, AUG. 23… Continue reading

Island woman not hurt in three-vehicle collision

A Bainbridge Island woman escaped injury after her Ford F150 pickup truck… Continue reading

First day of school at Sakai | Photo of the day 9.5

Students at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School listen as Sakai Principal Jim Corsetti… Continue reading

Ethics complaints filed against Bainbridge Councilman Peltier, Councilwoman Nassar

Two ethics complaints have been filed against Bainbridge Island Councilman Ron Peltier,… Continue reading

Test results for Bainbridge students come in higher than statewide average

School testing results released last week show Kitsap County students in line… Continue reading

Bainbridge blotter | Rowdy rider on the ferry

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter. TUESDAY, AUG. 21… Continue reading

Welcome back, Maddie | Photo of the day 9.4

New third-grade teacher Madeline Ketcheside (center) stands with her former third-grade teacher… Continue reading

Cancer research benefit planned

The Children’s Hospital Bargain Boutique is hosting “Be Part of the Cure”… Continue reading

Expert researcher speaks to BIGS

The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society will welcome an expert researcher as the… Continue reading

Most Read