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Discover Pass needed at bridge lot

Even though designed for short-term visitors, people will still need to display the Discover Pass when they park in the small parking lot located on the south end of the Deception Pass Bridge.

Pass Park Ranger Jack Hartt said the pass is required because of the easy access the lot provides to the restrooms and to the park trails.

There are areas where short-term visitors can pull over to see the spectacular views the bridge offers without having to purchase the pass, which costs $10 daily or $30 annually. Those areas include Pass Island, the pullouts on the north side of the bridge and the southbound shoulder south of the bridge.

Road crews recently installed “no parking” signs on the shoulder next to the northbound lane of Highway 20 on the Whidbey Island side of the bridge.

Hartt said it was best to ban parking on the shoulder because cars block visibility for motorists traveling off Whidbey Island.

 

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