Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mechanical malfunction closes SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge to vehicles and marine traffic

By Cara Mitchell

UPDATE: 2:55 p.m., Sunday, July 10
The SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge is OPEN to traffic! WSDOT appreciates everyone's patience and cooperation today. A special thank you to the Washington State Patrol for your assistance.



SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge as of 2:26 p.m. Sunday, July 10.
UPDATE: 2:40 p.m., Sunday, July 10
The SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge remains closed to vehicle and marine traffic. Bridge engineers were able to safely lower the lift span back into its lower position by dissembling a guide on the bridge. Crews are now reinstalling the guide.

Bridge engineers will inspect the structure prior to opening it back up to traffic.

The SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge experience a mechanical
malfunction on Sunday, July 10, 2016.
11:30 a.m., July 10, 2016
During an 8 a.m. marine opening on Sunday, July 10, the State Route 104 Hood Canal Bridge experienced a mechanical malfunction on the west half of the bridge. Unfortunately this has resulted in a temporary closure of the bridge to vehicle and marine traffic until further notice.

The Washington State Department of Transportation bridge crews are in the process of manually closing the bridge. It is a process that could take several hours. Drivers should be prepared for long delays and consider alternate routes.

Bridge engineers will inspect the structure prior to opening it back up to traffic.

WSDOT apologizes the inconvenience this potential delay poses to travelers and will make every effort to reopen the bridge to vehicular traffic as soon as possible. Federal regulations require WSDOT to open the drawspan to mariners within one hour's notice.

This blog will be updated as new information becomes available.

1 comment:

Doug, KB7RKY said...

Even though I'm 300+ miles east of there, that looks VERY bad.

Exactly what happened to the bridge mechanism to cause that sort of malfunction?