View from above: New South Park Bridge close to completion

The opening date for the new South Park Bridge isn’t set yet, and King County isn’t offering an estimate (aside from “summer”), but it’s close to completion, as you can see in the two views shared this week by West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen:

The county Department of Transportation says it’s continuing electrical testing – 142 miles of wire in the project, according to an update earlier this spring. The old bridge was shut down in June 2010 after a raucous sendoff, and South Park community members are working right now to plan a grand-opening party they hope will eclipse it.

P.S. If you’re new to the area – here’s a map showing the bridge’s location.

12 Replies to "View from above: New South Park Bridge close to completion"

  • miws May 31, 2014 (10:21 pm)

    So looking forward to the bridge’s completion!


    It’ll be nice to trim a little time off of my weekly trip up to Harborview and back!



  • drahcir61 May 31, 2014 (11:54 pm)

    Thanks WSB (again) for linking a map/address to find what the heck you’re talking about. Still finding my way, googlemaps is a daily routine.

    Just wish Ch.5 Evening Magazine would do the same when they highlight an interesting WA destination.

  • bertha June 1, 2014 (7:57 am)

    Like, like, like!!

  • Diane June 1, 2014 (12:12 pm)

    not new here; lived in WS 15 yrs, but did not know location of this bridge; so thanks for the map link; although I could not get your link to open, I was able to see cross street locations (14th Ave S & Dallas Ave S) to enter into google and get a preview map that lists:
    14th Ave S & Dallas Ave S South Park, WA 98108
    and Transit: S Cloverdale St & 12th Ave S, for anyone who does not have a car
    the bigger map that opened for me, not showing the bus #; it shows stops at 14th/Trenton and 12th/Cloverdale; Mike???

    • WSB June 1, 2014 (12:38 pm)

      Unfortunately since no bridge currently exists at the location, that’s as close as it gets. 14th/Dallas is the closest on the South Park side – if you open a Google Map to that intersection and zoom in, it will show the bridge as “planned” but if you zoom out, it disappears. There’s probably a fixed map on the county website somewhere (follow the link on “new South Park Bridge” to the project page). – TR

  • West Seattle Hipster June 1, 2014 (3:37 pm)

    Great pictures! Thanks to WSB for the follow-up.

  • Teri Ensley June 1, 2014 (6:37 pm)

    Was at the South Park Community Wake when it closed. Looking forward to the Grand Opening Party. It should never have taken this long to complete this bridge!

  • Greg June 1, 2014 (10:55 pm)

    Too bad The County Line Bar on the south end of the old bridge got the ax with this project. Truly an old school dive that I actually felt nervous going into; like anything could and did happen there. And that was during the day!

  • John P. Brown June 2, 2014 (5:34 am)

    @Greg 10:55 p.m.: Yep, the ol’ County Line was quite a place. However, Good things did happen there too: I met my wife of now 23 years there one evening in 1990. I was there to relax and take in some music after work, she was there to break up with her boyfriend, a band-member.

  • miws June 2, 2014 (7:52 am)

    John, how did your now Wife break up with her Ex? Did she pass a note to the Band requesting they sing a break-up song? ;-)



  • Rich June 4, 2014 (2:15 pm)

    Just received notice through a major employer contact in the immediate area that the bridge is scheduled to open on Monday June 30th.

    A Bridge Party is scheduled for Sunday June 29th from Noon to 3 PM.

    This project has been most secretive with no one even estimating opening dates. “Summer” is not an appropriate answer.

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