Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Some travel info.

Hood Canal Bridge closes May 1 for six weeks

Starting May 1, 2009, the Hood Canal Bridge will close to traffic so the WSDOT can replace the east half along with the east and west trusses. The construction, which will temporarily shut down the primary link between the north Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas, is scheduled to last six weeks.

If you can, come over on Thursday sometime before midnight and it will save you some hassles. The campground has a special for people in the next post. If I were you, I would try to negotiate a half rate or something with a hotel if that's your lodging choice. They should be receptive given the bridge situation.

The May-June the closure will be challenging for travelers, but the Olympic Peninsula will still be open for business. WSDOT encourages people to get ready now by reviewing their transportation options to determine the best route.

The new Hood Canal Bridge will be wider, safer and more reliable. New construction and retrofit work will extend the useable life of the bridge by 75 years and allow WSDOT to increase capacity by two lanes in the future without significant closures.

To learn more about the project, how to get ready for the closure, and the transportation options being offered in May-June 2009, visit

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