The Hood Canal Bridge was closed in both directions following an overnight or early morning collision that caused damage to the bridge. State Department of Transportation crews worked to fix the damage Wednesday afternoon. The State Patrol is investigating the incident as a hit-and-run. (Washington State Patrol)

The Hood Canal Bridge was closed in both directions following an overnight or early morning collision that caused damage to the bridge. State Department of Transportation crews worked to fix the damage Wednesday afternoon. The State Patrol is investigating the incident as a hit-and-run. (Washington State Patrol)

Hood Canal Bridge reopens after emergency repair

State Patrol investigating hit and run

SHINE — The Hood Canal Bridge has reopened for vehicular traffic after it was closed for repair of the barrier along the eastbound shoulder Wednesday.

The link between Jefferson and Kitsap counties on state Highway 104 was closed at about 2 p.m. for the emergency repair, the state Department of Transportation said. It reopened a little before 3 p.m.

The bridge was closed briefly at 4 p.m. to check that the functioning of the drawspan was not affected by debris that had fallen into the workings and which was cleaned out.

A large vehicle damaged the barrier overnight Tuesday, according to Trooper Chelsea Hodgson, State Patrol spokesperson, on Wednesday. She said the State Patrol is investigating the collision as a hit-and-run, based on the damage observed this morning.

Anyone who has information about the collision — such as unexplained damage to a large vehicle — is encouraged to contact the State Patrol at 360-596-4000.

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