PORT GAMBLE, Wash. - The Hood Canal floating bridge closes Friday for a six-week project to replace the older, eastern half of the bridge.
The Transportation Department says the $500 million project will secure the crossing between the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.
The department has been urging travelers to prepare for the disruption.
Workers will replace pontoons and make other improvements on the older half of the bridge that opened in 1961. The west side of the bridge was replaced after it sank in a 1979 windstorm. It reopened in 1982.
The Transportation Department says the 8,869-foot long bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world over saltwater.
Driving around is one option during the closure. Here's how:
Traveling to the Olympic Peninsula
- From Olympia: Take US 101 northbound along the western shore of Hood Canal.
- From Tacoma and Bremerton: Take SR 16 from Tacoma, across the Narrows Bridge to its intersection with southbound SR 3 just south of Bremerton. Follow SR 3 to where it intersects with US 101 and follow US 101 northbound.
- From Seattle: Take the Washington State ferry from Seattle to Bremerton, then follow the signs for SR 304 West until the turn off to southbound SR 3 just south of Bremerton. Take SR 3 to where it intersects with US 101, and follow US 101 northbound.
- From North Puget Sound Area: Take the Washington State ferry from Keystone (on Whidbey Island north of Seattle) to Port Townsend.
- From Olympia via Aberdeen/Hoquiam: Take US 101 northbound. This is a longer scenic route that includes the Pacific coastline and parts of Olympic National Park.
- To Olympia: Take US 101 southbound along Hood Canal to Olympia.
- To Bremerton and Tacoma: Take US 101 southbound along Hood Canal to SR 3 at Shelton. Take SR 3 northbound through Belfair to its intersection with SR 16 eastbound to Tacoma.
- To Seattle: Take US 101 southbound along Hood Canal to SR 3 at Shelton. Take SR 3 northbound through Belfair to Bremerton and follow the signs to the Washington State Ferry terminal in downtown Bremerton. Take the Washington State ferry to Seattle.
- To North Puget Sound Area: Take the Washington State Ferry from Port Townsend to Keystone (on Whidbey Island north of Seattle).
- To Olympia via Aberdeen/Hoquiam: Take US 101 southbound from Port Angeles to the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area, then head eastward on US 12 to its intersection with SR 8. Follow SR 8 to US 101 and follow US 101 in Olympia.
Another way to get around is by using the .