Another dicey stretch of roadway for cyclists, notorious in the Northwest as a real alpha dog ballbuster, the Hood Canal Bridge has intimidated bicyclists since its inception. In 2005, WA DOT has completed a phase of the Hood Canal Bridge project, adding wider shoulders to the western half of the main roadway on the floating bridge segments. the east segment awaits widening project to be completed by 2008.
There are two truss bridges at either end of the Hood Canal 'bridge' and a middle section of approx 1 1/2 miles of single lane each direction, double yellow, floating bridge sections divided by a pullspan drawbridge in the center of the canal. A very daunting crossing. The truss bridges are grated metal roadway in the traffic lane, and composite friction surface decking on both the 'shoulder' and the walkway. These are seen in Picture #1.
Picture #2 shows the improved, west half of the floating segments, in between the drawspan and the western truss bridge.
Traffic is steady but by no means continous; the eastern section of the floating segment is approx. 18 inches of shoulder to the right of a jersey barrier style edgeway. The shoulder as seen in #2 was distinctly not swept clear of debris. Roadway speed is probably 40-45, its posted 35 or 40.
Where do you position your bicycle in picture 1, and picture 2? These pictures represent an actual bicycling scenario taken Dec 8th,2005. pictures were taken on-the-fly with a disposable camera hanging from a leash on my handlebars. (as for my bicycle positioning, its fairly evident, in pic one I was just dicing the stripe, in pic 2 I was obviously in the shoulder portion.)
Where would you ride, and why?