Admiral Clarey Bridge

Admiral Clarey Bridge, also known as the Ford Island Bridge, is an automobile bridge providing access to Ford Island, a United States Navy installation situated in the middle of Pearl Harbor. The causeway bridge was completed and opened in 1998, named the Admiral Clarey Bridge after former Admiral Bernard A. Clarey. The bridge has a total length of 4,700 feet, including a 930-foot pontoon section that can be retracted to allow water traffic to pass through.

Prior to the bridge being built, access to Ford Island was provided via ferryboat. Two diesel-powered ferries served the island, Waa Hele Honoa (YFB 83) and Moko Holo Hele (YFB 87). Both ferries were operated by U.S. Navy personnel. Access to the island was restricted to U.S. Military personnel, their dependents, and invited guests. In addition to the two car ferries there were several smaller "foot ferries" that allowed pedestrians to transit between Ford Island and several alternate landings around Pearl Harbor. This was often more convenient depending ones business. The foot ferries ran about every 15 min and the car ferries ran about every 20min. However during the early 1990s one the Waa Hele Hona (YFB 83) was overhauled and during that time the Moko Holo Hele (YFB 87) only ran on the hour. The last ferry of the night was at 11:00 and many sailors had to sleep in the parking lot when they missed the last ferry after a night in Waikiki.

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