Hood Canal Bridge draw span testing to begin Tuesday

SHINE – Twenty “perfect openings” must be performed before the newly renovated Hood Canal Bridge can reopen to traffic, and the Washington State Department of Transportation is preparing to achieve that goal.

The DOT and contractor Kiewit-General will begin tests Tuesday morning, according to a weekend DOT press release. The draw span openings are needed to meet operational safety standards. Once the tests are complete, it will be better known when the bridge may reopen, though the DOT has already estimated that to be some time in the first week of June.

Between 16,000 and 20,000 vehicles cross the Hood Canal Bridge daily; it was closed May 1 for reconstruction and repairs.

“This closure has been hard but our contractors and crews have done an exceptional job getting the project to this point,” said Paula Hammond, Washington Transportation Secretary, in a prepared statement. “We are proud to be on the verge of opening the bridge more than a week ahead of our six-week schedule. We will provide more information every day from now to the opening, narrowing down the time frame as much as we can each day.”

When the bridge is reopened, the DOT will provide transportation services on the day the bridge opens and one day after to help travelers return to their normal commute, the release states.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead.

See the latest project photos and read about construction updates on the Hood Canal blog.

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