The U.S. Coast Guard had announced in the Notice to Mariners that the Railroad Bridge at the north end of the Swinomish Channel would be closed daily for two weeks in April. BNSF Railway has corrected the closure dates, stating that the railroad bridge over the Swinomish Channel will be closed for two days only – April 12 and again on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This closure is to accommodate mechanical repairs to the swing span. During the closure times, mariners can use the alternate route via the southern Swinomish Channel through Skagit Bay.

The bridge span will NOT open for emergencies or tribal fishing vessels during the repair period. The closure has been coordinated with Swinomish Tribal Fisheries. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed-to-navigation position, may do so at any time. The rail bridge provides 8 feet of vertical clearance (referenced to mean high-water elevation) and 100 feet of horizontal clearance in the closed-to-navigation position.

For more information, contact Jeff Swanson at (909) 386-4910 or jeff.swanson@bnsf.com; or Travis Woodley with BNSF Railway at (682) 978-3311.

Photo: Pacific Northwest Vagabond