City News Bytes: New Ferry Terminal Walkway, Vote on tap for School Tech Levy, Pool Talk, Agate Pass Bridge Lane Closures

CNB February 9, 2024 Photo courtesy of WSDOTNew Ferry Terminal Pedestrian Walkway Open

After a nearly a year and a half of construction, the new overhead pedestrian walkway at the Bainbridge terminal finally opened this past week.

Work has been underway since the Summer of 2022 to replace the former 50-year-old wood-supported walkway with a new seismically safe steel-fortified walkway set on concrete and steel columns.

Beyond safety considerations, the new wider, ADA-compliant walkway offers benches, heaters and windows along both sides, as well as a more direct route to the boat from the terminal. One thing we noticed is that new the steel structure is loud compared with the old carpeted walkway. Returning from a short trip the other day, we could not hear each other talk over the sound of our luggage wheels rolling over the new floor. Safety over conversation!

Look for the old pedestrian walkway to be taken down in the next few weeks. More About this $33M Project

CNB February 9, 2024 BISD Levies imagesVote by Tuesday Feb 13 on BISD Technology Levy

Residents in the Bainbridge Island School District will be voting Feb. 13 whether to raise property taxes by an average of around $20 per month to renew two educational levies.

If Bainbridge voters do not pass the levy package, the district will need to cut an additional $15.9 million, on top of an already $4.5 million shortfall.

The 2024 Enrichment and Operations Levy and Technology Levy fund programs not covered by the state.

The tech levy would fund any technology that the school may require, such as student devices and productivity software, while the E&O levy would close the gap in funding for staff and school supplies. More Details From the Review

CNB February 9, 2024 Photo courtesy of BI ReviewBI Parks to Wade into New Pool Commitment

Instead of diving into building a new pool on Bainbridge Island, the Metro Parks and Recreation District has decided to wade in to see if the swimming community wants to add two more lanes to the planned project.

The BIMPRD already has plans for renovations at Ray Williamson pool at the Aquatic Center, both located off of Madison Avenue and adjacent to Bainbridge High School.

CNB February 9, 2024 WSDOT SR305 Agate Pass image courtesy of WSDOTAgate Pass Bridge Lane Closures Feb 20-23

It’s that time of year again, bridge cleaning and maintenance! From Feb. 20-23, WSDOT crews will work on SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge for daytime cleaning and maintenance from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Travelers can expect delays of 30 minutes or longer in both directions on SR 305 near the bridge while work takes place. For more information and updates, visit: Real Time Travel Map and Bridge Cleaning Info

Source Material: Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Review, City of Bainbridge Island

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