Washington state

Hood Canal bridge to close for six weeks

The Hood Canal floating bridge closes May 1 for a six-week project to replace the eastern half of the bridge.

The Transportation Department has been urging travelers between the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas to prepare for the disruption.

The $500 million project will replace pontoons and make other improvements on the older half of the bridge that opened in 1961.

The Transportation Department says the 8,869-foot bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world over saltwater.

The Associated Press