WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE CLOSURE: Still ‘more questions than answers,’ levy committee told

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Two weeks and two days after the sudden safety shutdown of the West Seattle Bridge, its repair plan is still a work in progress.

That’s what we heard at the latest public briefing on the situation – more of a mini-briefing, with a small slot at the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee‘s monthly meeting Tuesday night. The committee’s members are volunteers appointed to keep watch on what’s done with the money raised by the levy, passed by voters in 2015, meant to raise $930 million over its nine years.

The briefing was led by deputy SDOT director Lorelei Williams, with roadway-structures director Matt Donahue and department director Sam Zimbabwe also participating.

Williams recapped what had preceded the March 23rd shutdown, saying that work done on the cracks last year made them more visible to passersby and describing it as not a structural repair, but done instead to prevent further deterioration. “Cracking in a concrete structure is not always a bad thing,” she said, adding that elevated concern is more about “how it cracks and where it cracks.” Hours after SDOT had released 14 inspection reports going back almost seven years, she said what others in the department had said about why the bridge was closed – the cracks were growing at “what appeared to be an exponential degree.”

Right now, she continued, they’re making “additional assessments” of the bridge to develop a plan for short-term repair which would be followed by “rehabilitation or replacement of the structure.” The latter would be extraordinary, Williams said, since “this bridge still should have had another 30 years.” But she also noted that this type of bridge design “is no longer used.”

As for why she was briefing the levy committee, she explained, for one, why the West Seattle Bridge wasn’t one of the 16 city-owned bridges for which the levy was intended to fund seismic improvements: “These (West Seattle Bridge) issues are distinct from seismic vulnerabilities” that were part of the “maintenance backlog” the levy was meant to help address. “So this is a unique situation, one that has not been typical for us to deal with. To be able to make the repairs (and) eventually rehabilitation and replacement of the bridge, that takes funding. We are still in the process of figuring out how we are going to fund the work we need to do on that bridge.”

Asked what work had been done so far, Williams said, “We have some ideas of what it might be, but we are starting the work with our engineers to start designing what the fix might be.”

Donahue added that work is still in the “early” phase, but added that “options are limited,” including “some combination of exterior and interior carbon wrapping, exterior and interior post-tensioning steel.”

Another committee member asked what repairing or replacing the bridge would cost. They don’t know yet, Zimbabwe said.”We’re going to have a lot of budget discussions. This is obviously a key priority for SDOT and the whole city to address … what comes next for this structure as a whole. There’s going to be a lot of work we have to do very quickly.”

So they don’t know how much it will cost – but, committee members pressed, where will the money come from? “We have more questions than answers … this will not be inexpensive (and) there may be some difficult decisions to make.”

The discussion concluded with an assurance that the bridge project will return to this committee.

82 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE CLOSURE: Still 'more questions than answers,' levy committee told"

  • Michael Stusser April 9, 2020 (12:15 am)

     “They’re making “additional assessments” of the bridge to develop a plan for short-term repair which would be followed by “rehabilitation or replacement of the structure.”  Why do I have a sinking feeling about this? 

    • 50 year resident April 9, 2020 (5:28 pm)

      Of course the bridge is cracking: there  are no expansion joints. When it was built the sections were built like a T and each span was balanced by itself. When they joined the spans without a means to compensate for contractions the structure had to give. And yes, I’m  an engineer with a State license.

  • chefjoe April 9, 2020 (12:43 am)

    Move Seattle Levy

    In addition to the annual progress report, the Director of Transportation will prepare and submit an annual report focusing on bridges and structures including a narrative explaining in detail the condition of bridges and structures within the City of Seattle, especially the Ballard and Magnolia bridges, an assessment of known deficiencies and a funding plan to address known deficiencies.

    • 1994 April 9, 2020 (8:44 pm)

      The Move Seattle Levy was a money grab with no real plan to MOVE Seattle. I voted no. The former Transportation Choices Coalition director Shefali Ranganathan who pushed and advocated for voters to approve the Move Seattle Levy then became Durkan’s deputy mayor…..seems like a conflict of interest.

  • Sassy April 9, 2020 (3:52 am)

    Excuse me if this sounds naive, but wouldn’t the most efficient and cost effective solution be to build some vertical supports from the ground up to the structure? Add more cross beams? (This could include supports that go through the water below and deep into the ground.)

    • smittytheclown April 9, 2020 (8:22 am)

      So funny, I just had this discussion.  I am an admitted “armchair engineer” but if this were China those support structures from below would be working their way skyward by now.  Ugly, but effective(train trestle type solution) I would “think”.  Again, would love a real engineer to pipe in.

    • miws April 9, 2020 (8:37 am)

      Sassy, such a solution would have to be designed so as not to interfere with the shipping channel. —Mike

    • James April 9, 2020 (9:56 am)

      Know how much concrete and labor that is? How you funding it? SDOT barely has funds for other pressing needs in the city let alone a massive scale project like this…

    • smittytheclown April 9, 2020 (10:01 am)

      Was thinking the same thing.  If this were China there would be steel structures reaching skyward as we speak (think train trestle).Ugly, but effective.Cost?  Who cares!  The financial, environmental and social costs of this bridge being unusable when the stay-at-home is lifted is staggering.  Staggering.

      • Rumbles April 9, 2020 (10:57 am)

        Be realistic with the “if this were China” wish.  There’s a lot more downside to that than upside.  

    • sna April 9, 2020 (12:23 pm)

      Not an engineer, but being stuck at home gives me lots of time to armchair solutions.  Rather than supports under the bridge, which is hard due to clearance and there’s a river there, I wonder about retrofitting a suspension structure.

      • Rumbles April 9, 2020 (3:47 pm)

        Oh, geez.

      • Go gull April 9, 2020 (4:33 pm)

        Cool idea sna :)

    • Alki April 9, 2020 (2:36 pm)

      Uhh, I can tell nobody here is an engineer.  Don’t quit your day jobs!

    • Tsenry45 April 9, 2020 (2:54 pm)

      No where near that simple.  The bridge engineers will come up with a long term solution. Just hope that the solution is not a total replacement.

  • Angry April 9, 2020 (7:02 am)

    They’ve known about this problem for years but no funding or repair plan has been developed.   Meanwhile, work continues to install electric car charging stations in the junction. Am I the only one that feels our priorities are misplaced in this city?     This is the busiest bridge in the city and should therefore be one of the city’s top funding priorities.    It should definitely be the top transportation priority.

    • Rick April 9, 2020 (11:45 am)

      I’m sure that the Seattle City Light workers installing the car chargers are the same SDOT workers that would be working on the bridge. Since the city only has 5 employees, they have to pass the labor around. Maybe you should contact SDOT and offer your project management services. If they can’t properly allocate those 5 workers, who knows what else they’re missing.

    • ColumbiaChris April 9, 2020 (3:25 pm)

      They didn’t have a repair or funding plan because it wasn’t necessary until very recently. The majority of bridges in this country are going to have “problems” like the West Seattle Bridge did from 2014 to 2019, i.e. well within the design envelope for safe function and only requiring periodic inspection. The West Seattle Bridge did not have any serious issues until the discovery of rapid, unexpected deterioration in late March.

  • tfred April 9, 2020 (7:12 am)

    Well this is an emergency. I hope they can redirect all the money that was slated for light rail to west seattle, to now go to the repair of the bridge.  Pass a new law or get the feds to allow all transportation money allocated to WA state/Seattle to go to this repair. We cannot endure another tax to pay for this. We need real leadership to find a quick answer and repair, regardless of cost. We are taking a financial beating  as taxpayers and now government will have to do the same. 

    • wscommuter April 9, 2020 (8:47 am)

      I understand your frustration, but you’re confusing apples with oranges.  Our bridge is a city facility.  Certainly the city (and with state assistance) can solicit federal money to help pay, and if replacing the bridge becomes what is required, I’m sure that will happen.  I also have no doubt Sen.’s Murray  and Cantwell would push for that.  Sound Transit funds are separate, re your comment about diverting from light rail to fix the bridge.  Our bridge isn’t Sound Transit’s problem.  In the meantime, we all need to keep political pressure on our city electeds to ensure that the bridge fix is the highest/most urgent transportation priority in the city until it is fixed, which should include de-funding non-essential projects if necessary.  

    • KM April 9, 2020 (9:17 am)

      Lightrail is funded by Sound Transit, not SDOT. It would be great if whatever bridge repair/replacement puts both together, but it’s not really the same funding source. Even if it was feasible to “pass a new law” to get all funds send our way, we are a TINY group of people comparatively in this state. We shouldn’t be hogging all the financial resources–we seriously aren’t that special. The rest of the state needs and deserves transportation dollars too.

    • James April 9, 2020 (9:57 am)

      Supporting cars is not the future. This should have no bearing on lightrail plans. Lightrail needs to get over here ASAP. 

      • Alki April 9, 2020 (2:37 pm)

        Cars will be around hundreds of years after you are dead.  Not sure what you are going on about here.

        • CandrewB April 9, 2020 (4:34 pm)

          Of course they will. They’ll be powered by electricity, wastewater, some undiscovered resource, but they’re not going away. Why? Because Hell is other people.

      • Tsenre45 April 9, 2020 (2:58 pm)

        Isn’t the light rail supposed to be coming over the bridge?

        • WSB April 9, 2020 (3:24 pm)

          No, light rail is supposed to be getting its own bridge over the Duwamish River.

    • JVP April 9, 2020 (10:18 am)

      This bridge failure shows exactly why we need multi-modal transportation. We need redundancies. Roads fail, bridges fail, accidents happen. Who knows, next time it could be an oil crisis like the ’70s where we can’t gas up our cars. This time it’s a virus where public transit isn’t safe, plus a busted bridge. So we desperately need BOTH light rail and a repaired high bridge.

    • Stevie J April 9, 2020 (11:22 am)

      I, too, would like a flying pony for Christmas. 

    • Just a dude April 9, 2020 (2:00 pm)

      Another added expense to the ‘general public’,  is fuel.How much more gas or diesel is each vehicle burning to go to the 1st Ave Bridge and then on to their destination?In my case, with very few exceptions, the only places I drive to (outside of west Seattle) are the downtown Ferry terminal,  Magnolia and the U-Dist.And this expense is greatly compounded by the amount of idling or very slow driving that is the new norm when leaving WS.Which brings air quality into the conversation.

      • Ice April 9, 2020 (5:28 pm)

        I highly encourage you to look at the data available on this as it is completely counter-intuitive and surprising. I have found data in this in a few books but I haven’t poked around google scholar or anything that much so I don’t have anything to link you to. Basically, to my understanding, if this is like any previous unexpected bottlenecking of road-capacity, then pollution output will actually decrease overall. The bridge being gone will certainly eliminate a lot of trips people are taking, reducing emissions overall, even if the individuals who are still taking trips create more pollution individually. 

  • Jack April 9, 2020 (7:15 am)

    It’s all about Social Distancing West Seattle from the rest of the City.

  • Ernest J Rosengren April 9, 2020 (7:24 am)

    Interested to know why the recommendation to add the additional post tensioning if the cracking worsened  from HDR’s 2014 assessment wasn’t done.  It appears that this may now be the solution if it’s not too late.

    • David April 9, 2020 (7:50 am)

      Exactly…someone in another blog post about the bridge accused me of not reading the reports closely enough, which is laughable. The assessment memorandum made several recommendations that were never acted upon. And now we have a transportation crisis in West Seattle on top of a worldwide health crisis. Whole lot of people right now have zero answers regarding a problem that has been brewing for over 7 years. Imagine having that kind of leeway in the private sector?! I would have been fired 6 years ago.

  • KT April 9, 2020 (7:44 am)

    It is inconceivable to me that with cracking starting in 2013 SDOT thought it OK not to develop any worst case scenario plans at any point.  Duct tape and super glue and we’ll check it again next year.  

  • Joe Z April 9, 2020 (7:47 am)

    Seems like a good time to purchase an e-bike and a parking spot in SODO…

  • Bob Lang April 9, 2020 (8:10 am)

    Williams said, “We have some ideas of what it might be, but we are starting the work with our engineers to start designing what the fix might be.”This is a little frustrating. The cracks were noticed first in 2013. Why wasn’t this started then? And, why wasn’t this started three weeks ago when it closed, out of nowhere?

    • ColumbiaChris April 9, 2020 (3:30 pm)

      It wasn’t a problem in need of fixing until 3 weeks ago.

    • Jenn April 9, 2020 (3:41 pm)

      Does anyone else besides me work in Bellevue?  What is going to happen when we all go back to work?  I cant believe I have to go 7 miles in the opposite direction!  Please don’t tell me I can take a bus because that is not an option given my schedule.   I don’t just go straight to work and back I need my car.   I wish I could move but I am stuck in a lease. 

      • cpk April 10, 2020 (10:10 am)

        I’m in the same situation. I can’t even begin to imagine the commute and I sincerely wish there was a public transit option, but there isn’t. Ouch.

  • Robin April 9, 2020 (8:21 am)

    Pile driving extra loud today. Can’t help but wonder if that is contributing to cracking up our bridge.

  • sna April 9, 2020 (8:29 am)

    Some of these quotes are frightening —Replacement, unknown funding.  And they definitely know more than what they’re letting out.  I’m guessing because what they know is pretty bad. I fear they will fix the bridge enough for like 1 lane of traffic and then fight about funding for a permanent solution for the next 15 years. 

  • Kyle April 9, 2020 (8:34 am)

    Honestly, SDOT seems to be in over their heads on this repair. They should consider partnering with WSDOT who has more experience on large structures like this.

  • Marty2 April 9, 2020 (8:47 am)

    Sounds like it will take months or more to fix the bridge.  Looks like I need to start planning on how I’ll commute post-virus shutdown.  I anticipate traffic will be heavy at the First Avenue and South Park Bridges, need to look at alternate routes, leaving earlier/later, transit, carpooling, water taxi, work from home part of the time or purchasing an e-bike.

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (10:19 am)

      Yes, we’ve already reported it’ll be months.

      BTW anyone with a question for SDOT director Sam Zimbabwe, KUOW tells us they’re having him on at 12:30 and you’re welcome to call in. 206-543-5869.

      • WSB April 9, 2020 (12:55 pm)

        Just listened to the interview, which was ~15 minutes, as was ours with him a week ago. No info that we haven’t already reported. Re: timeline, “months.”

  • rico April 9, 2020 (9:03 am)

    It is also quite interesting that the issue of the report from 2014 and its’ recommendation is never addressed at these  briefings.   Was Ms. Williams working at SDOT in 2014?  Should we trust SDOT’s judgment now given it was SDOT’s judgment to ignore the recommendations in the report your tax dollars paid for?  Sure would be nice  to see the media hold their feet to the fire about the history of this situation and sure would be nice if SDOT made some attempt to re-develop trust with the public.  Sure would be nice for the City leaders to take this seriously and develop a plan for when the stay at home is lifted and sh@#@# hits the fan on the streets of West Seattle.   How about something, anything, Jorts idea for free electric bikes (apparently sitting in a whse in SODO)  Some street and signal re-configuration (yeah I know they added the light to Highland {ark Way, but that should have been in place years ago anyways)There is a long history of Seattle politicos ignoring West Seattle – – this one is going to be the ultimate example of that from the establishment to West Seattle this time.

  • Angry April 9, 2020 (9:11 am)

    Seven years of cracking and no fix in place.Seven years of cracking and not even a contingency plan.Seven years of cracking and no sign of responsibility from SDOT, the mayor, or the council.What a mess.Fire them all and start over.

    • ColumbiaChris April 9, 2020 (4:44 pm)

      The cracking was not out of the ordinary for a structure of this type until the exponential deterioration observed earlier this year. How about we fire all WSB readers who can’t be bothered to read the articles instead?

      • newnative April 10, 2020 (10:45 am)

        Columbiachris, there wouldn’t be too many of us left if they all got fired. :D that’s one of my biggest pet peeves. 

  • Isolated resident April 9, 2020 (9:13 am)

    Hidden within the consultants reports are remarks that indicate that the current structural modeling of the bridge does not predict the current structural failure  conditions.  So until a full understanding of the current failures and modeling that  predict current conditions no short or long term repair can be designed.  So look out for a long and painful months ahead for West Seattle residents and SDOT engineers

  • JVP April 9, 2020 (10:22 am)

    Here’s an idea for moving forward: Shut down the Duwamish to large boat traffic so the bridges don’t need to be so high. Build a MUCH cheaper new “high” bridge, and much cheaper light rail bridge.  Both would be higher than the current drawbridge, but not tall-ship high. I suspect there’s some issues with light rail climbing the grade, and closing the Duwamish would likely take congressional action. I really doubt there’s enough large ship commerce on that waterway to justify keeping it open in the current manner. 

    • JVP April 9, 2020 (10:33 am)

      Replying to my own idea, looking at it more, a lower bridge probably wouldn’t save enough $$. The bridge approaches are fine, and they lock in the existing height.

    • Rumbles April 9, 2020 (11:01 am)

      Seems easy enough, you should email the Coast Guard and see what they think about this idea.  

      • Ice April 9, 2020 (5:40 pm)

        “Hi Coast Guard. Can you please shut down the Duwamish water traffic?  I really doubt there’s enough large ship commerce on that waterway to justify increasing precious time to my commute. Thanks”

        • Will S. April 9, 2020 (9:22 pm)

          Eugene Semple dredged two trenches in the Duwamish mudflats and called it a waterway, while also destroying a hunk of Beacon Hill with a power washer. But he never asked the Coast Guard for permission.

  • Aerial Observer April 9, 2020 (11:05 am)

    Thanks again to WSB for doing a great job covering this important issue!

    “…if this were China those support structures from below would be working their way skyward by now. ”

    If this were China, folks here would not be vociferously and publicly complaining about the government. ;-)

    As others have stated already and better, SDOT doesn’t know what caused the crack propagation to accelerate, so they can’t begin to address the problem(s) with the bridge. Even if an undergirding support made sense (and, as also noted above, could be done within the constraint of keeping the Duwamish Waterway navigable to federal standards) we shouldn’t just start building beneath the High Bridge, because it may yet collapse.

    Right now, SDOT should be investigating whether or not to close the lower bridge to all but emergency traffic.While the Move Seattle Levy might have paid for some repairs on the West Seattle Bridge, then-Mayor Murray and his SDOT chief, Kubly, blatantly lied to us voters about what that levy could achieve. We thought we were paying for a lot more infrastructure improvements than we actually got.

    Going forward, SDOT needs to review its decision-making process, and report to our City Council and Mayor why the issues first discovered in 2013 were not addressed more aggressively. We also need to discover which other infrastructure safety needs are now not being addressed sufficiently, and what SDOT and the city can do to fix those. Finally, if SODT needs to update their decision-making processes, their plans and progress to do so should be reported to our City Council.

    • Bob Lang April 9, 2020 (12:20 pm)

      This is government.  You are dreaming.  Just GET THE TRAFFIC MOVING.  fix the bridge yesterday.   

  • Stevie J April 9, 2020 (11:18 am)

    I think a good reference point for a contemporary structure is the Lander Street Bridge in Sodo. It’s being built right now, and is taking way longer than I imagined. I used to walk along Lander to get to work while it was being built, and it was such an enormous undertaking just to get 4 vehicle lanes and a pedestrian/bike path over four railroad tracks. And it takes 2 years and $100 million! It took a long time to even get construction going because of funding constraints. The Feds, the state, BNSF, the Port, and the City all chipped in. I imagine it was more effort due to today’s safety standards and the fact that the Lander Street bridge is on a tide flat and required deeper piles.

    The West Seattle Bridge is on land with the same type of soil (see map) so I imagine replacing the bridge would cost many times more than the Lander Street Bridge if we want it to be a “high bridge”, but maybe they should just replace it with a lower bridge since the Duwamish doesn’t get that many tall ships anyway. If Fremont, Ballard, Montlake, and University Bridge areas can handle bridge openings I’m sure the strong people of West Seattle can too.

    • Stevie J April 9, 2020 (11:46 am)

      Sorry, this is the map I meant to reference: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1252/

      • East Coast Cynic April 9, 2020 (3:08 pm)

        I don’t think the “strong people” of West Seattle can handle another low bridge with openings considering that unlike Fremont, Ballard, Montlake and University Bridge, we’ve got a much bigger population encompassing numerous neighborhoods – Admiral, Alaska, Gatewood, Highpoint, Arbor Heights, Westwood, and West Seattle adjacent White Center that relies on buses and cars to get on the bridge to go to other destinations in the sound – you could have backups going for a mile or so, not to mention a lot of time getting wasted idling while the bridge is up.The University District and much of North Seattle also have the benefit of the non opening Ship Canal and the Aurora Bridges (bridges sturdy enough to remain open, can you imagine that?) to take the strain off of the bridges in Fremont, Ballard, Montlake and the U-District.  The West Seattle Bridge all we’ve got.If we can get a long term solution (usable high bridge) in 1.5-2 years, that would be great.

        • ColumbiaChris April 9, 2020 (3:43 pm)

          The idea that West Seattle has a larger population than North Seattle is absolutely laughable. Just take a look at any density map of the city.

          • East Coast Cynic April 9, 2020 (5:37 pm)

            Misspoke – as big if not bigger than most North Seattle neighborhoods–but North Seattleites have more options for getting in and out of their neighborhoods thanks to the extra bridges.  We’ve only got one, which is unusable.

      • Tsenre45 April 9, 2020 (4:04 pm)

        We’re you in West Seattle before we had the high level bridge?  I don’t think you want to go back to that. Traffic was worse then with probably about 60%of today’s West Seattle population.

    • flimflam April 9, 2020 (2:53 pm)

      if the entire high bridge needs removal and rebuilding, i can’t imagine how long that would take. it feels like 2 years would be wishful thinking almost…

  • Joe April 9, 2020 (2:20 pm)

    With the way the city has been going it would be hard to see them not using a toll option. If they do it means they’ll want to toll the bridge then you’ll pay the tunnel toll a mile and a half later, it’ll cost 15 dollars a day to drive to work. Most people don’t have the option of taking transit due to other responsibilities. Obviously this wasn’t the fault of the current mayor or city council but the way this is handled will be a test on their political lives. Dumb luck shows up in the possibility of adding light rail to a replacement bridge. But I do not see a good option on a short term fix I’m thinking five years.

  • Recall Mayor Durkan April 9, 2020 (2:36 pm)

    Seattle government cannot even keep a bridge working and will soon become the laughing stock of the country. The level of incompetence is astounding. Expect the city to lose corporate investment going forward that will impact the state budget as well. This bridge sitting closed is a trophy of Durkan’s failure. Durkan should face a recall if unable to fix the busiest bridge. She is likely happy to keep WS trapped away from rest of the city to reduce traffic elsewhere.

  • Josh April 9, 2020 (4:06 pm)

    A toll is likely the ONLY way a new bridge will be built. Estimated cost in today’s dollars (from a recent post elsewhere in the BLOG) is about $1 Billion. We’ve been told big projects in this state like this will never be built again without an independent funding source, i.e., a toll.

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (5:13 pm)

      No, we have not reoorted any cost estimates.

      • Josh April 9, 2020 (8:27 pm)

        I apologize. Didn’t mean to imply it the blog wrote something. It was a comment I read? about the original cost to build was under $200m and someone referred to what that would be in today’s dollars. My mistake. 

        • Rumbles April 9, 2020 (10:04 pm)

          I would definitely put a great deal of faith in the WSB’s writing and research.  

          The comment section…. well, not so much. 

        • chemist April 10, 2020 (1:43 am)

          I think it was $150 million in 1980, which is close to $470 million in an inflation calculator (although construction inflation may differ).

  • SM April 9, 2020 (5:07 pm)

    I am just hoping this is solved and reopens before light rail! 

  • Um, No! April 9, 2020 (5:36 pm)

    Has the question “has pile driving effected the integrity of the bridge” become the new “will they serve Merlot”. 

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (7:59 pm)

      WSB has drawn an astounding # of new readers/commenters in the past month-plus so I’m trying to assume those who ask just really didn’t see the previous story. Trying not to sound too crabby.

  • 1994 April 9, 2020 (8:35 pm)

    Maybe now is the time for Metro Vanpool to do a major survey to find out where people live and where they go to work to determine if WS, Burien, White Center,…residents can assemble a lot of vanpools. That could possibly reduce the number of  SOV . Those TBD taxes are not going to increased bus service at this time, if they ever were, so Metro may as well use the funds to try and gather up riders for more vanpools.

  • Yea April 9, 2020 (10:46 pm)

    Get the Fauntleroy and Southworth ferry traffic out of here and most of the problem will go away, believe me that is where most of the traffic is coming from, time too move the ferry terminal downtown.

    • Steven Lorenza April 10, 2020 (7:41 am)

      Won’t happen.  And doesn’t make sense.

  • Concerned Home Owner April 10, 2020 (9:07 am)

    Is there any legal action that can be taken by residents and businesses in West Seattle toward the city? This is all going to have a major impact on property value and loss of income.No smug answers please.

  • Jim Boyle April 10, 2020 (10:00 am)

    Congress is about to consider a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement package. This may be the way to fund the improvements to the West Seattle Bridge. Will the Trump admin be willing to fund projects in Washington state? 

    • WSB April 10, 2020 (10:02 am)

      The possibility of seeking a federal grant did come up, briefly, in this discussion, as it seems to in most discussions of big-ticket transportation projects.

  • Barb Hathaway April 10, 2020 (11:24 am)

    When Seattle solicited bids for this design / build project one of the bids was for a steel structure.  The bid for the steel design was about 15 million more than the concrete structure bid.  The design life of a steel bridge is usually much longer than a concrete bridge.  When the WSB is eventually replaced, maybe call for a steel bridge.  In the long run a more efficient use of taxpayers dollars.

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