Shine: Hood Canal Bridge stuck open for nearly an hour

SHINE — Drivers were delayed for more than an hour Tuesday morning after the eastern half-span of Hood Canal Bridge jammed after opening for vessel traffic.

The span was stuck open from just before 8 a.m. to about 9 a.m., when officials managed to get it to the closed position.

“People had to wait there as long as an hour and a half,” said Lloyd Brown, communications manager for the state Department of Transportation. “I would expect the traffic was quite heavy.”

Brown said the problem occurred when personnel on the bridge “opened the east half-span too far and it got jammed.”

A U.S. Navy tugboat was called for assistance, but maintenance workers on the bridge were able to get the span back in place before the tugboat arrived.

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