WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE CLOSURE: How it’s affecting South Park

(WSB photo: South Park Bridge just before its June 2014 opening)

The West Seattle Bridge closure isn’t just a West Seattle problem. That point’s been made far and wide already, but you probably haven’t heard it yet from this viewpoint – that of your neighbors in South Park, whose bridge (just six years old) is now one of two main alternatives for crossing the Duwamish River. The already-increased traffic has led to this letter to the city from a coalition of South Park community organizations, which we’re publishing with permission:

Dear Mayor Durkan, Councilmember Herbold & Director Zimbabwe,

The community of South Park is extremely concerned about the long term or permanent closure of the West Seattle Bridge and the potential for the lower Spokane St. bridge to also be shut down. We recognize that this closure will impact neighborhoods across West Seattle and within the Duwamish Valley. Our neighborhood is being promoted as a detour for the 100,000 drivers seeking an alternate route. During this time of reduced traffic, we are already seeing an increase in vehicle traffic, speeding and neighborhood cut-throughs. Residents of South Park have extremely poor health outcomes when compared to other neighborhoods. Our neighbors and children have high rates of asthma which has proven to reduce our life expectancy. Years of increased traffic will only perpetuate this inequity. We live in a valley that naturally traps pollution. Everything must be done to prevent additional pollution from coming here. Historically, our community has been disenfranchised and underserved by City and County services. We must have a voice in developing solutions to this long-term problem.

Our community members have raised the following concerns:

● Speeding and increased traffic in the neighborhood (Cloverdale, 14th & Dallas Ave S.)

○ Concerns about the safety of children crossing Cloverdale to get to school, the library, the community center etc.

○ Concerns about vehicles “whipping” onto Dallas Ave S. after crossing the bridge endangering pedestrians and cyclists (Dallas leads to the Duwamish Trail – a safe cycling route to downtown).

○ The increasing traffic back-up at the intersection of 5th & Cloverdale
● Increased pollution due to the increase in traffic
● The need to mitigate the impact on the already slow and often delayed 132 & 60 bus service

We would like to put forth the following recommendations:

● Transfer car trips from the West Seattle Bridge to transit, bike and walking trips to reduce pollution.

● Increase access to bus service. If West Seattle buses are rerouted to the First Ave or South Park bridges, some portion need to stop in South Park to provide us with better, faster bus service if we are to bear the brunt of the impacts of additional buses here. We also recommend the use of electric busses to reduce pollution.

● Safe pedestrian crossings
○ Lights for crossing at 10 or 12th & Cloverdale.
■ High-density new construction coming online in 2020 will bring even more neighbors to this area.

○ A light or highly visible crosswalk where Dallas Ave S. and the bridge meet to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

○ A light or four-way stop on Dallas Ave S. near RAM Mounts at Thistle/Dallas/12th streets. Traffic cutting through the industrial area from Marginal Way has led to cars speeding down a residential street that already has a dangerous 4-way stop. We appreciate the Your Voice Your Choice intervention at this intersection, but it will not be enough to prevent accidents with increased traffic.

○ Crossing guards at 8th & 7th & Cloverdale for school children.
○ Improvements at 14th & Henderson.
● Improved Bike Connections
○ Protected bike lanes on the 1st Ave to downtown corridor are especially essential if the low bridge closure were to cut off access from the Duwamish Trail to downtown. A protected crossing across East Marginal from (and to) the First Ave Bridge is immediately needed for this bike route. More people will be biking and this connection is crucial.

○ Continue the funding, planning, and development of the Georgetown – South Park trail project
● Detours should keep traffic on major thoroughfares
○ Police should do consistent traffic stops to address speeding

We look forward to collaborating with SDOT and our West Seattle and Duwamish Valley community to develop solutions to this crisis.

n Community,

South Park Neighborhood Association – Aley Thompson & Robin Schwartz
Concord Elementary Parent Teacher Association – Robin Schwartz & Gladis Clemente
Concord Elementary School – Miguel Sansalone & Cesar Roman
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition – Paulina Lopez
Duwamish Rowing Club – Mike Merta
Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition – Maria Ramirez, Robin Schwartz & Analia Bertoni
Duwamish Valley Safe Streets – Jesse Moore & Peaches Thomas
Duwamish Valley Youth Corps – Carmen Martinez
Duwamish Valley Port Community Action Team – Bunthay Cheam, Edwin Hermandez, Maggie Angel Cano & Hannah Kett
ECOSS – Cluny McCaffrey
Seattle Neighborhood Group – Jake Hellenkamp & Dennis Diaz
Somali Parents Education Board – Muna Hussein
South Park Area Redevelopment Committee – Meredith Hall, Bill Pease & Aley Thompson
South Park Arts – Jen Nye, Wendy Woldenberg & Bill Pease
South Park Merchants Association – Rocio Arriaga
South Park Senior Center – Dagmar Cronn & Dat Giap
Villa Comunitaria – Analia Bertoni

Side note: The South Park Bridge is owned and operated by King County, though most of the rest of South Park is part of the city of Seattle.

65 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE CLOSURE: How it's affecting South Park"

  • Morgan April 27, 2020 (8:39 pm)

    Any word from King County on drastic water taxi plans? Like maybe buy a non custom extra boat….or emergency passenger only boat dock at Fauntleroy connected to dart shuttle.

  • Hammer in Hand April 27, 2020 (8:43 pm)

    Well South Park welcome to our world at least you have a bridge and a 4lane one at that. I don’t recall us complaining at more traffic when the one in you neighborhood went out and was out for a couple of years

    • DH April 28, 2020 (6:57 am)

      Way to be compassionate about our neighbor’s situation. They are expressing concerns and detailing ways the city can mitigate the likely impacts. I’m glad they did this and hope they get the support they need to not increase pollution in an already highly polluted area and are able to stay safe.

    • Patience April 28, 2020 (7:11 am)

      Really?!?!?!!!!The South Park bridge was out of commission for four years (2010-2014) and during that time, I am sure any rerouting/detours did not affect you one bit.Please take a few minutes to introduce yourself to this neighborhood:  read South Park’s (and Georgetown’s) history as well as the links that WSB has shared below about the health issues in these communities.

    • Carrie April 28, 2020 (7:24 am)

      It hasn’t occurred to you that they aren’t against you?  That you have interests in common?  Specifically getting the WS bridge issue resolved and finding a better solution than “shunt everyone over this other bridge”?

    • datamuse April 28, 2020 (7:25 am)

      Do you really think the situations are equivalent? The South Park bridge carried about one-fifth the traffic volume of the WSB and I doubt drivers from South Park were detouring through, say, Admiral to get downtown while the bridge was closed.

  • Alki resident April 27, 2020 (8:48 pm)

    So tell me this,how many bicyclists have been hit since the detour? With school buses not running or sitting idle warming up in their South Park lot, how are cars coming down to South Park more of a pollution? How many have asthma in South Park compared to West Seattle? This traffic should bring more business to South Park whether it be for, coffee, food or gas. I won’t be giving up driving to take a bus, walk or bike (EVER), nor will many others. I find this letter full of excuses to keep us from going through South Park. The speed limit signs have already been decreased and with as many lights they have down there and much more traffic,not sure how it’s even possible to speed. 

    • Also John April 28, 2020 (4:47 am)

      @Alki Resident…..     It’s obvious that you think of others and have a caring big heart.   That’s sarcasm btw.

    • Just A Neighbor Who Sees Things April 28, 2020 (7:09 am)

      It’s possible to speed in South Park the same way it’s possible for people to 65 down Delridge, often, just not during rush hour. The sign doesn’t stop people from speeding.

      I’ve spent some time in South Park recently. 100% of what they’re saying about speeding is true. I see people whipping off the bridge and speeding down Dallas.

    • James Walker April 28, 2020 (9:21 am)

      Won’t EVER ride a bike?  What a sad little life you must live to not be open to the joy of cycling.   Enjoy the view from your windshield. 

      • Alki resident April 28, 2020 (10:17 am)

        James actually I have a great life and don’t need a bike to enjoy it. Having a motorcycle is much more enjoyable, maybe try it sometime. 

        • B Dub April 28, 2020 (2:59 pm)

          Alki resident, you seem to forget that we are in a pandemic shut down so the letter was more of a warning of things to come once traffic builds up again after schools and businesses are back up running at full capacity.  I feel for the residents of South Park and Alki, but after reading your posts it’s consolation knowing that you are going to be angrily mired in traffic jams for the next 6-10 years watching people like me on bikes pass you by. 

      • D Del Rio April 28, 2020 (10:18 am)

        I take the bus to work and walk home, yet I still would never ride a bike in a city. The vast majority of people will never ride a bike to work.  If a automobile hits you, you are not going to win. The last time I rode  a bike, was on the Burke Gillman Train, and even that was  too nerve wracking for me with SOME of the bike riders not following the rules.  

      • DRW April 28, 2020 (3:53 pm)

        No, I will never ride a bike. I am 74 years old and last time I rode a bike was over 30  years ago. I have no desire to go downtown. Transit does not go (quickly, or, perhaps at all) to places where I might want to shop or visit. Costco in SODO? North to see the tulips? Eastside to have lunch with a friend? “Bike or bus” just is not workable for everyone.

    • Poultine April 28, 2020 (12:45 pm)

      “How many bicycles have been hit…”If you’re a motorcyclist, or just anyone who uses public roads, you already know that there are a variety of accidents that occur without anyone being struck.  The number of collisions is a poor metric of health.  Even if you meant bike-related injuries, there’s still a world of difference in one’s ability to safely ride in different areas depending on the level of traffic and driver’s expectations about whether they feel bikes should be there. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve had people deliberately drive within a foot of me on my bike with no good reason, presumably to send a message about who the road belongs to. Sometimes they let me know verbally.  From my perspective, it seems like there are a lot of people who have strong opinions about preserving their rights in other areas and who are, paradoxically, committed to limiting my right to share the road.There are a very small number of options for cyclists moving between downtown (or even Alki) to get to the Green River Trail or the Interurban trail, and riding down 14th Ave is one of the few. Highland Park Way is a good example — no nearby alternative routes to go west, no sidewalk, and plenty of drivers who are more than happy to risk your life to prove a point.Up until now, South Park has been a relaxed place where people are generally tolerant of cyclists since four lanes is generally enough space for everyone (and sometimes you even stumble across a horse or two headed to a parade!) While I haven’t been through myself recently, I’d be surprised if that’s still the case. And I’ll trust the locals to give a better assessment of the general trend than I can from my home here in Admiral.

    • Ice April 28, 2020 (10:13 pm)

      AlkiResident is in complete denial that their choices could have a negative effect on other people.

      • AJP April 30, 2020 (9:26 am)

        It seems a lot of people take it very, very personally and are highly insulted if anyone suggests that biking could be an option. They think that cyclists are standing in their yard yelling at them to bike, that all cyclists want all people everywhere, regardless of ability, to bike. 

    • Jenn May 1, 2020 (8:27 pm)

      Hey Alki res, people are speeding down small residential side streets, (which do not have lights or stop signs) and it is SUPER dangerous as theyre doing it in both directions.  Kids are out for the summer. Its a high pedestrian area.While the new South Park bridge is wider, it lands in an existing neighborhood, where streets immediately narrow.Unlike Alki, South Park sits in the Valley, and so does pollution.  There needs to be localized changes to mitigate the effects of this level of traffic.  The squeeky wheel gets the grease. SDOT doesnt do anything without practically getting threatened by neighborhoods.We already have issues with traffic, now this.  Yeah, I thought the letter was a bit focused on cyclists, etc.  This is about vehicle traffic from the highrise bridge. Not everyone can bike to work! 

  • Kravitz April 27, 2020 (9:27 pm)

    Didn’t Ride the Ducks just go belly up? I can see it now; a flotilla of Duck boats as our new commuting option from West Seattle to downtown. 

    • Ash April 28, 2020 (11:57 am)

      Lol this is the best comment by far! Thanks for the laugh-inducing visual.

  • Trickycoolj April 27, 2020 (9:39 pm)

    I’m not surprised what so ever.  I commuted to that building in the picture of the bridge daily for many years and any time the high bridge or North I-5 had trouble the South Park bridge will back up both 16th and Cloverdale to 509 and 599 respectively.  Really frustrating when he bridge pier is literally in your work parking lot.

    • Jenn May 1, 2020 (9:37 pm)

      When traffic backs up in South Park, the people who live here can’t get in or out of the hood.  When the old bridge was gone I didnt wait in traffic to use the 1st Ave Bridge to go to Seattle.  I took 99 south, crossed over on Int’l Blvd, came back up East Marginal, or got on I5 at the Boeing Access Rd.  Seems counterintuitive, but it was usually faster.  

  • WSNative April 27, 2020 (9:49 pm)

    Glad to see South Park coming forward with this. The bridge is not only affecting West Seattle but the communities adjacent that will also be feeling the impact of additional traffic flow.

  • Joe April 27, 2020 (10:03 pm)

    Gee, I can’t believe an already disenfranchised area is going to get the business end of this. Just like always, the city is big on equity when it comes to sending out communications, but small when life gets real.

    • JRR April 28, 2020 (9:55 am)

      Nailed it.

    • Jenn May 1, 2020 (9:40 pm)

      So true!  Lots of nice words and equity photo ops of Durkan with disadvantaged kids, but on policy votes it’s the same ‘ol same ‘ol.

  • WGA April 27, 2020 (10:05 pm)

    It hasn’t been that long since the 14th Street Bridge was condemned and had to be re-built. It’s a good thing it was completed before all this.
    Poor neighborhood. They were almost forgotten and businesses suffered while the bridge was being re-built and now, and the foreseeable future, they will be overrun with much of the WS High Bridge traffic.

    • Jenn May 1, 2020 (9:48 pm)

      Some of us South Park residents didnt want a new bridge at all.  Without the bridge the traffic, crime, noise, pollution, garbage mostly went away.  It was a sudden, noticeable difference.  We wanted a waterfront park, or public use of some sort to benefit the community.  A place for gatherings, concerts, river access, farmers markets, fiestas, barbecues, celebrations…we were outnumbered by the pro bridge group.  I told them “this bridge isnt for the community, it’s for Boeing and for commuters who just speed thru.” All the crime, noise has returned, and now I suppose the real “I told you so” day has arrived. :(

  • Lisa April 27, 2020 (10:07 pm)

    Bravo South Park! Thank you for the reminder that we need to be considerate of our neighbors.

  • Rocky Bullwinkle April 27, 2020 (10:23 pm)

    Install temporary swing bridges from WS to Harbor Island to SODO. Its better than nothing.

  • dsa April 27, 2020 (11:27 pm)

    We need a way out of here.  Walking, buses, and bikes won’t be enough.  The signal at East Marginal Way needs to be re prioritized to favor the bridge.  Doing so will help move traffic from the idle which causes air pollution.

    • M April 28, 2020 (7:03 pm)

      Often East Marginal Way becomes a bypass, and a standstill, when there is an accident on I-5 as people go around the airport. Much like the CORVID-10 response, we are all going to need to slow down while the bridge gets fixed. Heated responses, speeding, car horns, and fighting for space on the roads is not going to make things better.

  • Tom April 28, 2020 (1:01 am)

    Need to apply with the coast guard to permanently end boat traffic on the Duwamish and immediately convert the lower bridge to a static, double capacity bridge that can be completed in one year. West Seattle and the alternative routes cannot tolerate any other solution.

    • Mark47n April 28, 2020 (4:33 am)

      Never going to happen. It’s not pleasure boat traffic that uses the Duwamish, it’s shipping that fuel the industry such as Delta Marine (builder of yachts) various shipping and barge firms for betting materiel to Alaska, Certaineed Gypsum who probably made the sheetrock in your home, Ashgrove Cement, they probably made the cement in virtually all buildings in the ares since Lafarge shutdown their kid (also on the Duwamish and still doing other industrial functions) JA Jack, Manson Construction, numerous concrete and aggregate facilities, and more. The USCG would file such an application in the circular filing cabinet and rightly so. To think the theUSCG would effectively shutter these businesses for your convenience is the most ridiculous and self-centered thing I’ve heard in some time.    

      • Chris April 28, 2020 (8:14 am)

        All of these businesses contribute to the increased pollution in the Duwamish Valley, as noted above. So who shows little regard for human life and is just being self-centered, again?

        • Kris April 28, 2020 (11:28 am)

          Definitely creates pollution, no denying that. But also creates important jobs for hundreds of people. Just pointing out that there is no silver bullet to easily solve this problem and create a win-win for everyone. 

        • Jort April 28, 2020 (4:53 pm)

          If we are going to talk about “pollution” as a reason to close the waterway, you’re going to be REALLY upset when you find out how much CO2 the cars of Seattle contribute to global warming. Hint: it’s the number one source of carbon emissions for the city, by far. Maybe if we’re doing the right thing for “pollution” purposes, we’ll never build a replacement for the bridge and start forcing you to give up your car?

      • T Rex April 28, 2020 (8:44 am)

        Pleasure boats do use the river, from the Duwamish Yacht Club. 

      • Tom April 28, 2020 (12:09 pm)

        There’s a gigantic port just on the other side that stands mostly empty. There’s no reason all those business you listed couldn’t switch to road freight for the short distance to transfer to and from via the port. Even providing a conversion subsidy to assist would be cheaper than rebuilding a billions+ bridge that is hard to repair/maintain.

        • 1994 April 28, 2020 (8:59 pm)

          And that suggestion would create jobs! Perhaps a win win situation for all?

    • Rocky Bullwinkle April 28, 2020 (7:21 am)

      Great idea! 

  • GF April 28, 2020 (7:03 am)

    I agree with the South Park neighbors 100%. The larger amount of traffic through South Park will endanger many of the bike commuters trying to connect from the Green River Trail to the Duwamish River Trail. And this is a neighborhood, not a highway. But so many entitled drivers feel that it is their “right” to drive like it is a highway. I hope the city addresses all of this neighborhood’s rightful concerns.

  • Admiral Jackal April 28, 2020 (7:04 am)

    This is a fantastic letter: it lists community concerns in a lucid manner, offers possible solutions to them, and is signed by a broad-array of neighborhood groups. South Park absolutely deserves a seat at the table: we’re all affected by Bridge closure.

  • Question Authority April 28, 2020 (8:21 am)

    The South Park bridge may be owned by King County, but it is operated and maintained by SDOT employees under a contract agreement.  Yes, that SDOT!

  • AdmiralBridge April 28, 2020 (8:27 am)

    Still would like to see more emphasis on accelerated replacement as well.  Also concerned that there is this magical assumption that Bike/Walk/Bus will take care of things – until C-19 testing and vax is in place, not getting on a bus and have a high-risk household member that can not walk or bike the distance.  Must stop imposing the idyllic visions and get the cars flowing as soon as possible.  This isn’t laziness, this is a practical reality driven by individuals’ health.

    • Jort April 28, 2020 (4:54 pm)

      Practical reality? The bridge isn’t opening for two years. Period. ADAPT.

  • faceless April 28, 2020 (9:20 am)

    Come on folks, we have some very smart people living in West Seattle. Lets put our heads together and try to find some solutions.South Park has voiced their concerns and we, (west seattle folks) need an alternative solution since we are not able to use the lower bridge, so South Park is a solution but they have impact is a concerns that need to be considered. Is it possible to develop more roads from 35th east bound down to W. Marginal. What does it cost to run three separate roads, perhaps 2 miles apart, from 35th down to west marginal way? Can we build it without disruption?What are some of the other ideas folks are coming up with and let’s put a list together and vote on it. We pay the property taxes in west seattle so we should have a voice. 

    • Jethro Marx April 28, 2020 (10:36 am)

      We could try building new roads and wacky new temporary bridges some doofus scrawled on the modern equivalent of the back of a cocktail napkin, but that takes a long time and is expensive. We could try some less the-sky-is-falling kind of stuff, too, like reducing our trips, sharing the road safely with all users, and driving slowly, with care and patience, as if, you know, we were putting several tons of steel and plastic in motion. Oh and we could try having engineers design roads and bridges- boring, I know, and also slow, but few of us are interested in excitement of the “Are we going to fall into the water while driving over this?” variety. Also, going by comments, few here are able to consider the needs of others as they trumpet how special their job or family or neighborhood or commute needs are, along with petty political grievances and assorted first world problems. ‘America first’ turns out to be a slightly modified version of our true anthem, ‘me first.’

    • Tom April 28, 2020 (12:17 pm)

      I’d apply with the coast guard to end all boat traffic along the duwamish, and replace the lower bridge with a static, double width road. There’s a gigantic port right on the other side that is largely empty that could be converted into freight transfer for all the industries currently relying on boat freight, and a subsidy to assist those businesses transitioning to a last-mile-truck solution would be far cheaper than trying to rebuild the gigantic, difficult to maintain high span bridge.

      • Jethro Marx April 28, 2020 (8:29 pm)

        I’ll suppose you do not have any experience with bridges, or waterways, or shipping, but would like your ideas to run in those circles; add them to your list, faceless! Perhaps you’ll need to also make a list of wacky ideas for what to do with the high bridge remnants if we build a lower bridge, after “applying” to the coast guard- I say we raise goats.

  • Jen April 28, 2020 (10:35 am)

    This seems like a ripe opportunity for both WS and SP to participate in a subsidized E-bike program. Instead of Durkans austerity approach, we could push a long term vision of more bikes. It’s a given they’re not for everyone, e-powered cargo bikes could replace so many car trips. We do need safer routes for all abilities but we also need people willing to ride and knowing that hills are not a factor and that essentials like laptops and groceries can be transported easily is a way for more people to ditch the cars. Not to mention the wellness and freedom that comes with biking. We shouldn’t have to buy them. They should be an investment the city makes. 

    • Rumbles April 28, 2020 (1:22 pm)

      Realistically, other than the die-hard bikers, most people don’t want to ride in the dumping rain or snow.  So thinking 20,000 people are going to ride year round is pure fluffy unicorn-dreaming.  

      • Jen April 28, 2020 (1:48 pm)

        Not true. We’re all much tougher than we think we are, and there’s great gear available. It’s not cheap, but that we can overcome that too, and it lasts a long time. “fluffy, unicorn dreaming” is dismissive and lazy.

      • tsurly April 28, 2020 (2:09 pm)

        There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad choice of clothing and a bad attitude.

        • B.W. April 29, 2020 (2:57 pm)

          Right, that’s why even before this lockdown, the bike lanes were soooooo busy! Please, it would be a miracle if 20k people regularly rode their bikes. This city keeps implementing bike lanes, yet they get little use. If you build it, they will come…Not in this case. And your comment regarding better rain gear, please. The last thing I want to do is have to carry two different outfits with me so I can change out of my rain bike gear when I get to work. Remember it’s a bike, not much storage even with two saddle bags.

          • AJP April 30, 2020 (9:32 am)

            There it is again. “I am personally offended that you said that biking can work for a lot of people!” Also, bike lanes do get a lot of use. You know why you don’t notice it? Because bikes don’t get backed up in their own traffic jams. 

      • Jenn May 1, 2020 (9:55 pm)

        Good point.  I like to remind ppl that not everyone works in an office, or even at the same location every day.  Some people work multiple job sites, and carry tools/ladders/etc.  Others may work in a location it would take multiple bus transfers to reach, or is too far to bike.  Some ppl can ride, but lots of us are different kinds of workers needing vehicles.  The issue at hand is the 100,000 cars per day that cannot use the West Seattle Bridge, and how we can best accommodate them.  

  • John April 28, 2020 (11:22 am)

    To me, this issue warrants interest besides the nearly decade old studies designed to expose environmental stress associated with the specific Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods.  I wonder of tension between these community organizations and the burgeoning turn of South Park’s gentrification.  Of note, few if any, of the new business owners are signatories to the letter.  What is their take on this?South Park and Georgetown before it were long consigned to be the bargains of Seattle, but in the last few years that has rapidly changed.  

    • Jenn May 1, 2020 (8:50 pm)

      Hi John, I know the letter was put together quickly to get the ball rolling with the city and SDOT, so probably not everyone could be reached. The community groups do have a lot of newer residents,who know the newer businesses, owners, etc.  You’re right, there are increasingly two South Parks.The haves and the have nots.  We can’t afford to eat out, buy a mocha, etc.  I think on this we are in agreement tho: No one wants to see someone get hit by a car, and no one wants gridlock in the neighborhood.

  • Seattle Sucks April 28, 2020 (11:32 am)

    Good for South Park! Every resident in King County should be raising hell every single day about the WS Bridge. The laziness that lead to the closure is being followed by more laziness after the closure. Sam Zimbabwe…GET TO WORK!!!Mayor Durkan…GET TO WORK!!!!This is not a freaking “project”, this is a CRISIS!!!WAKE UP SEATTLE!!!GET TO WORK FIXING THE BRIDGE TODAY!! Unbelievable how LAZY our leaders are. Seattle will become a national joke and an example of logistical failure if we dont fix the bridge. What happened to the working spirit of this place????Sad and pathetic they have not already started work or announced modified traffic over the bridge. Buses and ambulances can use the upper. Cars can use lower. We can do this but people in cars need to be the #1 priority. 

    • Rumbles April 28, 2020 (1:26 pm)

      @Seattle Sucks   Dude, chill out.  COVID-19, that is a crisis.  The bridge, that’s a pain in the backside.  Big difference.  Reset your perspective meter.  

    • West Seattle since 1979 April 28, 2020 (6:07 pm)

      Seattle Sucks, am I reading you right? Bus drivers and riders and ambulance drivers and patients should be willing to risk their lives on the failing high bridge so that car drivers can have the lower bridge?  Wow. Just wow.

  • My two cents ... April 28, 2020 (11:33 am)

    Like it or not, it appears that the reality of this situation will entail the following;1. West Seattle Bridge will be repaired/replaced. Will it be on a timeline that everyone wants? No. Will it last forever? No. Will everyone be impacted for the next 24 (or more) months? Yes.2. Approximately 100,000 daily trips (and corresponding time spent) will not be solved solely by transit, bike, work from home, or other options. Traffic and the time spent in traffic will be a pain for everyone.3. Neighborhoods not previously impacted by the increase in traffic will have a new dynamic while the bridge is out of service. Not to minimize South Park, or any other neighborhood, but this will be a temporary situation.4. Proposed solutions will result in NIMBY attitudes and comments.5. New road construction takes time and dollars (it’s not as if we have wide swaths of land that are free for the taking). Engineering, right of way acquisition, etc.6. Bridge repair/replacement will also take time and dollars. See engineering, etc.

  • PDiddy April 28, 2020 (11:45 am)

    Since the 1st Ave bridge took four years, is it estimated that the WSB would be similar or could a rebuild be expedited? I doubt this is going to be a repair job if it only adds ten years of life.

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