Hood Canal Bridge – Vital Link to the Olympic Peninsula

Hood Canal Bridge construction is ahead of schedule

Did you know that the Hood Canal Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world located in a saltwater tidal basin?

The bridge is expected to reopen the first week in June, well ahead of schedule. This is great news for our guests at George Washington Inn. Here’s the latest report from the Washington Dept. of Transportation.

Mild weather and Memorial Day weekend progress on the Hood Canal Bridge helped crews bring the east and west draw spans together for the first time since May 1.

Crews aligned the spans and began operations to attach bumpers to the end of each span.  The large, rubber bumpers help keep the draw spans from damaging one another when the bridge is in the locked position.  Accomplishing this work and several other milestones – transition span placement, roadway span placement and Q/R pontoon joint grouting – means the bridge is likely to open to traffic the first week of June.

But there is still work to be done.

The critical work elements that remain include: pulling together or “tensioning” pontoon UVWX/RST joint from 50 to 100 percent; completing concrete closure pours between roadway spans; setting and installing expansion joints; completing electrical wire connections; bolting structural connections; testing the draw span; and striping the roadway.

Joe Irwin 
WSDOT Communications 
Hood Canal Bridge Project

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