Update: 1st Avenue South Bridge fixed after southbound-drawspan trouble

January 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

6:32 PM: Thanks to the WSB’er who texted about the 1st Avenue South Bridge having a stuck-open drawspan on the SOUTHBOUND side, with major backups ensuing; WSDOT confirms this and says crews are working to fix it. Refresh this page for the latest “live” view above, showing the drawspan still “up” as we write this.

7:31 PM UPDATE: As of about 10 minutes ago, the southbound span is back to normal, and traffic is moving.


  1. Major backup. I’ve been sitting on bus in sodo for 15 minutes. Driver just announced a re-route and now we are headed way south of michagan. Not sure where we will end up.

    Comment by Neighbor — 6:41 pm January 29, 2013 #

  2. wsdot sucks they probably will need to toll this bridge too

    Comment by Nick — 7:00 pm January 29, 2013 #

  3. This is crazy – my husband has been stuck on the bridge since 6:05! There are no police to help people turn around and get out of the mess, people are just stuck and no one is able to turn around – argh!!

    Comment by wseakell — 7:06 pm January 29, 2013 #

  4. That sure made the commute fun. I ended up going back north and getting on the West Seattle bridge at 1st Ave S.

    Comment by Adam — 7:18 pm January 29, 2013 #

  5. If people worked together, they could’ve helped each other back out of the mess and reroute traffic without police. Sometimes they aren’t always available. I’ve been in situations where we all banned together got out of the traffic mess ourselves carefully.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 7:44 pm January 29, 2013 #

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