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February 24, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Hood Canal bridge closure

A snow-covered view

With the Hood Canal Bridge closed for six weeks, communities in Port Townsend and the other side of the bridge will be largely affected.

This brings me to a question I had when they started this project: Why did the state wait until a time of the year when traveling across the bridge would become even more common for commuters and tourists to close the bridge? They could have started it in winter when there was less traffic.

However, having experienced this year’s winter storms, my view has changed. I am thankful for the state’s decision to replace the eastern half of the bridge in May, rather than in June when Port Townsend sees the most tourists.

Though having the bridge closed for six weeks will be a pain, making each trip to Silverdale or cities on the other side an hour or two longer, I am happy they decided to do this now rather then later, and are giving us other options for transportation.

— Brad Smith, Port Townsend

Random tests reveal ridiculous plan

I believe the closure of the Hood Canal Bridge should be a little more thought-out.

Instead of randomly closing the bridge to do tests before the six weeks of closure even starts, why not just close it for more than six weeks and do the testings when it is closed?

It is very frustrating when you are stopped in traffic for hours due to unanticipated testings on the bridge. I am for fixing the bridge, but the approach that is being used is ridiculous.

— Casey Green, Port Townsend

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