The Hood Canal Bridge will be closed for several hours due to damage sustained to the bridge span following an apparent hit and run incident.
State Department of Transportation announced the closure on social media Wednesday.
“We’re forced to temporarily close the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge to make repairs after an apparent hit and run vehicle damaged a portion of the span overnight…We will work as quickly and safely as possible in order to reopen to vehicles. Meantime, anyone who has information about this collision – including seeing unexplained new damage to a vehicle – is urged to contact Washington State Patrol.”
It is believed that the hit and run occurred sometime in the early morning, though the damage was discovered in the afternoon.
“We believe a large truck struck the barrier that keeps pedestrians from going over the side of the bridge. We are working on making temporary repairs to that barrier,” Doug Adamson with WSDOT said.
Adamson also said that WSDOT may pursue litigation to pay for the damage once the culprit is caught.
Hood Canal Bridge is now open in both directions following temporary repairs made to the barrier.
The bridge will close again around 4 p.m. to ensure that the draw span and lift open and close properly, so commuters should expect delays according to WSDOT.