Followup: City says it’s enforcing low-bridge no-stop rules

There’s a followup on the “low bridge” traffic problem described and discussed in this WSB report from Nov. 22, and explained on this map made by Rob. According to an alert on SDOT‘s SODO mailing list, as of this past Monday, Seattle Police were planning to “increase enforcement of rules against stopping on the low-level Spokane Street swing bridge,” including ticketing violators if necessary. We haven’t been out there during rush hour so we’re asking any low-bridge commuters: Have you seen the extra enforcement, and have the backups eased?

10 Replies to "Followup: City says it's enforcing low-bridge no-stop rules"

  • Jim December 9, 2009 (2:04 pm)

    I’ve seen police on the bridge monitoring the westbound traffic (mostly semi trucks) on and off over the past few weeks. I can’t speak as to whether the backups have eased as I commute on a bicycle and we don’t share that section of road.

  • John December 9, 2009 (2:12 pm)

    Yes….I ride my bike over the lower bridge every morning around 6:50 (except this week…brrrr). There’s been an officer and vehicle parked on the west side, west bound lane keeping the trucks moving. This started around 10 days ago.

  • WSnewbie December 9, 2009 (2:14 pm)

    Yes they are and there are new signs posted on the bridge along with an LED one.

  • Smitty December 9, 2009 (2:18 pm)

    Does this have anything to do with the commute being so bad over the last few weeks? Clear weather, no “sun-in-eyes”, great roads, high unemployment, people on vacation and the bridge (in the morning around 8:30 at least) is PACKED.

    What up?

  • WSnewbie December 9, 2009 (2:36 pm)

    Once again, this has to deal with the Port Of Seattle Terminal 5 not opening their gate sooner and with them being closed during lunch.

  • Bfeucht December 9, 2009 (5:32 pm)

    Noticed this evening every pole on the bridge has either a no blocking or no passing sign posted on it.

  • Darren December 9, 2009 (5:55 pm)

    YES, There is a big difference.

  • SB December 10, 2009 (11:54 am)

    I use the low bridge most mornings, and the police have been directing truck traffic both eastbound and westbound. It has made a big difference!

  • Alistair December 10, 2009 (1:08 pm)

    YES – Huge improvement. Police with their lights flashing at both ends of the bridge, and a large flashing sign warning of no stopping, and the ticket fine amount.

    No backups, no dangerous pulling around randomly parked trucks… great job, SPD! :)

  • frog baseball December 10, 2009 (7:37 pm)

    glad something is being done. i wonder where the trucks go instead? i assume they just stop and wait somewhere else?

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