|Crosses||Port Washington Narrows|
|Locale||Bremerton, Washington, USA|
|Maintained by||Washington Department of Transportation|
|Total length||1,573 feet (479 m)|
|Longest span||321 feet (98 m)|
|Number of spans||6|
|Piers in water||4|
|Vertical clearance||82 feet (25 m)|
|Construction begin||October 1929|
|Opened||June 21, 1930|
|Closed||July 24, 2011|
|Toll||originally $.25/car, $.05/pedestrian,
toll-free since 1972
The Manette Bridge
The Manette Bridge is a steel truss bridge that spans the Port Washington Narrows in Bremerton, Washington, USA. It connects the community of Manette, Washington to downtown Bremerton. Although it is not part of a numbered state highway, it is one of four bridges specifically designated by state law to be maintained by the Washington Department of Transportation. The bridge is 82 feet (25 m) above the water, and has a horizontal clearance of 321 feet (98 m) between the piers.
Before the bridge was opened in 1930 the trip was made by ferry. Between 1916 and 1930, the Mosquito Fleet ferry Pioneer serviced the crossing between Bremerton and Manette for most of the time. Sometimes the Urania, a passenger-only ferry, filled in. Missing the last ferry meant a long trip around Dyes Inlet through Chico, Silverdale and Tracyton on mostly unimproved roads.
The bridge was built as the Bremerton-Manette Bridge, a toll bridge constructed by the East Bremerton Improvement Club to assist families in commuting from the eastside of Bremerton, Washington to the westside. Locals went door to door selling stock, raising approximately $200,000 for the bridge.
Construction on the bridge began October 1929, by the Union Bridge Company of Portland, Oregon. The bridge was 1,573 ft (479 m) long, 80 ft (24 m) high, and 2 lanes. The bridge opened on June 21, 1930, amid much celebration. Among those present was Jane Garrison, the 106 year old granddaughter of Chief Seattle.
Originally the bridge was a toll bridge, with tolls of $.25 per car, and $.05 per pedestrian. The Washington Toll Bridge Authority purchased the bridge in 1937. The tolls generated on the bridge enabled the Washington Toll Bridge Authority to recover the purchase price within a year and a half. George Baker was a toll collector on the bridge from the day the bridge opened until the toll ended. He was said to always have an extra nickel for the young person who lost his toll money. The toll was lifted January 28, 1939. The last person to pay a toll on the bridge was J.C Bartholet, at 3:59 pm that day. The bridge remained toll-free until the nearby Warren Avenue Bridge opened as a toll bridge. Since traffic would use the toll-free Manette Bridge instead, tolls were reinstated from November 25, 1958 to October 24, 1972.
In 1949, the timber approaches were replaced with concrete and steel components. The entire timber roadway deck was replaced around the same time. The main span thru truss and deck trusses are from the original 1930's bridge. The Manette Bridge,which was first built in 1930, was listed as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. In the Spring of 2010, a construction began on a replacement bridge. The new Manette Bridge opened Nov. 10, 2011.
- RCW 47.17.960: Local bridges — Department responsibility, accessed March 2008
- Manette Bridge deemed Functionally Obsolete & to be replaced starting 2010. WSDOT website retrieved August 2, 2007
- Jensen, Erv (1988). Manette Pioneering. Manette History Club, pp. 5, 11-14. 88-060804.