UPDATE: Wrong-way semi forces bridge closure

7:35 AM: If you’re headed this way via I-5 or Beacon Hill any time soon, you might not be able to get onto the westbound West Seattle Bridge for a bit – Seattle Police are shutting down access toward the east end so they can get that semi-truck safely off the bridge. Somehow, it wound up on the westbound bridge, facing east. This probably won’t take too long but we’re making note of it just in case.

8:01 AM: As expected, SPD made short work of this, and the bridge is fully open both ways.

8 Replies to "UPDATE: Wrong-way semi forces bridge closure"

  • miws November 19, 2016 (8:20 am)


    Sheesh!  I could almost understand this happening with the old, ramp that turned north off of the Spokane St viaduct westbound, and dumped traffic onto northbound 4th S. 

    Even then, it has now been around 50 years since that ramp had been two-way, and even then,  there was no eastbound east of there. 


    • David November 19, 2016 (8:42 am)

      My guess is he was traveling north on Harbor avenue and his GPS told him to turn left at SW spokane St and the turn was made 100 ft too early.

    • Mike November 19, 2016 (8:50 am)

      It takes a lot of skill to pull that off with something that big.

  • Fiz November 19, 2016 (8:46 am)

    Probably went up the First Ave ramp.

    • rob November 19, 2016 (11:47 am)

      that would be my guess. only thing “stopping” you from going up that ramp  and turning left are lines painted on the road. if it was dark, wet, there wasn’t much traffic, and the driver wasn’t familiar, would be easy to do. 

    • Alan November 19, 2016 (3:57 pm)

      I agree that is the most likely scenario. Still, the driver would have had to fail to notice the double yellow line for about a block and then miss the two “Do Not Enter” signs at the divide in the ramp.

  • miws November 19, 2016 (9:24 pm)

    Ah, okay.  That seems quite plausible. I’ve gone that route so seldom anymore for several years now, that even that 1st S ramp is “new” to me.  Have probably traveled over it fewer than 5 times. 


  • WestCake November 19, 2016 (10:59 pm)

    And that’s a professional driver dealing with the situation.

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