West Seattle traffic-alert update: ‘Low bridge’ open again

January 12, 2013 at 10:20 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

10:20 AM: We are off to verify, but wanted to offer a heads-up as soon as possible (can’t really tell from the nearest traffic cam) – a texter just sent word there’s trouble at the “low bridge” (describing it as “broken”) and that they were told it would be closed at least an hour.

10:52 AM: We are at the bridge. Definitely not open to traffic. An SDOT maintenance person who just arrived could tell us only that it’s stuck. No ETA on fix. Closed to peds and bikes, too.

11:41 AM: The traffic camera for the intersection west of the bridge shows vehicles coming from it – so we believe it’s open again, but are heading back to verify.

11:50 AM: Verified – it’s back in service. Thanks again to the person who originally texted us about the temporary shutdown; SDOT does not send traffic alerts on weekends, so we wouldn’t have known without a reader alert.


  1. Probably yet another transit priority problem.

    Comment by rocky raccoon — 11:24 am January 12, 2013 #

  2. We happened to be out walking and taking photos this morning below the bridges when there was a loudspeaker announcement that, “The bridge is broke, let the truck drivers know”. As we walked around we went up on the pedestrian walkway to the gate, still closed and chatted with a couple of gentlemen on of whom opined that there must be some electrical problem, or maybe just cold weather causing the closure. It reopened after an hour or so.

    Comment by Robert Morthorst — 4:13 pm January 12, 2013 #

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