The community of Vineyard Lane is located on an old winery and was designed to be a “green” building project. In 2006, Kitsap County gave Vineyard Lane its “Green Building Award” and in 2008, the development won the “Livable Communities Award” which is co-sponsored by AARP and the National Association of Homebuilders.
After careful planning, The Winery LLC and the City of Bainbridge Island decided a bridge was needed to cross the Winslow Ravine to provide a walkway from the community to downtown Winslow and its ferry terminal.
“A bridge was needed to span over an existing gulley / wetland and Contech was contacted to design the bridge” stated Bob Jewell, P.E., Transportation Consultant and Principal with Shea Carr and Jewell Inc. A 250’ long Continental® pedestrian truss bridge from Contech was chosen for the project. The Winery LLC paid for the bridge and then donated it to the City of Bainbridge Island.
“After the weathering steel bridge was selected, the design was approved by WSDOT, and it was then shipped to the project site on schedule” added Jewell. “The well engineered bridge resulted in a seamless installation and was completed well within the time window that the Contractor had for closure of SR 305”
After concrete abutments were poured on either side of the ravine, the structure was installed during an overnight closure of the highway. The bridge was transported to the site and then swung into place across the ravine using cranes. A trail connects the bridge with Cave Avenue and the ferry terminal.
“This bridge is my connection from home to downtown’s main street and ferry terminal” said Barry Peters, a City Council Member for Bainbridge Island. “The bridge not only provides an exhilarating view into a gorgeous green ravine 90 feet below, but also safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists. It provides an in-town connection and enables us to avoid walking dangerously on a very narrow shoulder of a major state highway”