(March 2010 view of the “low bridge,” from its tower, taken by Councilmember Rasmussen)
Though they’ve rejected previous requests to limit low (swing) bridge openings during rush hours, the U.S. Coast Guard has agreed to do so, temporarily, for pm rush hour, during the upcoming 9-day, 10-night Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. That’s according to a statement just in from City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s office, which includes formal announcement of the October 10th closure-info open-house meeting we’ve been previewing here – read on for details:
The announcement begins with a quote attributed to Councilmember Rasmussen:
“During the Alaskan Way Viaduct construction, the City along with our state and regional partners has been working to find ways to keep people and freight moving during the upcoming nine day closure. I applaud the U. S. Coast Guard for issuing a decision to limit the openings of the low-level West Seattle swing bridge during heavy commuter hours. I also want to thank the maritime community for working with the city and state to plan for the nine day closure.”
“Maintaining mobility to the residents of the West Seattle peninsula is crucial as there are only three roadway options to cross the Duwamish River to and from West Seattle.”
In an e-mail to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Coast Guard granted the City’s request for an afternoon bridge closure for marine traffic during the AWV closure scheduled for October 21-31. Exceptions are allowed for deep draft vessels, which must announce their departures seventy-two hours in advance, giving time to notify the public. Those instances are expected to be few.
Two open house meetings will provide the public with information about the upcoming AWV/SR 99 nine-day closure (Oct. 21 – 31), commute options during the closure and how SR 99 will change for drivers when it re-opens.
Oct. 10 – West Seattle
6 to 8 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m.
West Seattle High School Commons
3000 California Ave. SW, Seattle
Remarks at 6:30 p.m.: Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Deputy Director Matt Preedy.
There’s also an October 12th meeting, same format, in Ballard.