Shine: Hood Canal Bridge to open drawbridge more often than usual

Motorists driving across the Hood Canal Bridge will encounter more openings of the drawbridge than usual during the next two weeks.

The testing of hundreds of electrical circuits on the floating bridge will cause scheduled test openings of the span at 3:30 p.m. daily. Each opening will last about 15 minutes, the state Department of Transportation said.

“If there are scheduled openings (for marine traffic) around the time of the daily opening, we will use those for the daily test to reduce the impact on the commute,”‘ said Joyce Komac, maintenance superintendent.

The circuit tests are being used to develop “as built” drawings for the bridge’s electrical control systems, Komac said. The daily openings will ensure that the bridge’s performance is intact after each day’s work.

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