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Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Deception Pass bridge going strong in its 70s

  • Wooden "false work" is built to support construction of the steel trusses for the Deception Pass Bridge. The Pass Island concrete pier for t...

    Department of Transportation

    Wooden "false work" is built to support construction of the steel trusses for the Deception Pass Bridge. The Pass Island concrete pier for the bridge can be seen to the right in the foreground and the Whidbey Island pier in the background.

  • The Deception Pass Bridge nears completion.

    Department of Transportation

    The Deception Pass Bridge nears completion.

If you're lucky, when you're in your 70s you'll be in the same kind of shape as the Deception Pass bridge.

Now in its 78th year of operation, the bridge has never been rebuilt or had a major overhaul. The New Deal project was built by a Seattle company for $304,775. Before that, a ferry took cars across the water, four or five at a time.

"It's an incredibly sturdy bridge that was built on solid rock. As long as it's maintained, it should last well into the future," Dave Chesson of the state Department of Transportation told The Herald in a 2010 story.

Read more about the bridge in this 2010 story about its 75th anniversary.

Story tags » Deception Pass State Park

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