(UPDATED 4:26 PM with information we requested on project’s cost)
1:12 PM: If you got into trouble somewhere on the West Seattle Bridge – would you be able to clearly describe your location to a 911 dispatcher? SDOT is about to install signs that it hopes will help more people answer “yes,” resulting in most incidents clearing more quickly: The bridge will be broken into nine “zones,” each with signage that will be installed this weekend. Read the full announcement ahead:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will install new “zone” marker signs on the West Seattle Bridge and the Spokane Street Viaduct corridor to help drivers identify their location in the event of an emergency where assistance is required on the bridge.
· Work will begin at 12 a.m. this Saturday night, June 4, until 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 5.
· No portion of the bridge will be closed, but SDOT crews will conduct a rolling slowdown in one lane at a time as the sign installation progresses.
· Crews will install signs in both the eastbound and westbound directions, one direction at a time.
When people involved in a collision on the bridge call for help, it can be challenging to quickly and accurately describe their location. Now they will be able to refer to “zone” signs to tell emergency responders – such as SDOT or WSDOT Incident Response Teams, towing companies, Seattle Fire or Seattle Police – where they are.
The “zones” will also make it easier for emergency personnel to report the location to other responders, helping additional crews to avoid missing the on-ramp or exit that would access the scene the fastest. Zone markers will help save time and reduce the duration of an incident on the bridge.
The West Seattle Bridge and the Spokane Street Viaduct corridor will be signed every 500 feet on both the center barrier and the outside barrier in both directions. There will be five zones on the westbound side and four zones on the eastbound side, with new signs marking a total of nine zones.
For ultimate visibility, SDOT will install the signs onto the concrete barriers facing the roadway, instead of oncoming traffic, so as not to distract everyday drivers. The signs will still be visible by drivers should they need the zone location. Mounting the signs to the face of the barriers also allows for sign consistency, faster installation and ease of cleaning.
The new zone signs will look like the example shown and will be approximately 18” x 18” to fit the face of the concrete barrier.
SDOT is coordinating with other dispatching agencies including the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Fire Department, Lincoln Towing, and the Washington State Department of Transportation, on this project.
The announcement doesn’t mention a price for the project so we have an inquiry out with SDOT.
4:26 PM UPDATE: SDOT’s Sue Romero says making and installing the 80 signs will cost $25,000.