TRAFFIC-ALERT REMINDER: Low-bridge work Friday-Sunday nights

Reminder – work on the low bridge will close it to all users (including those on bikes or on foot) Friday night, Saturday night, and possibly Sunday night:

As first announced last week, SDOT will …

… be closing the low bridge to vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic while we are working at night because we will not be able to open and close the bridge in a normal manner.

As a result, roadway traffic, including freight and buses, will be detoured to the 1st Ave or the South Park bridges. The low bridge will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians, and emergency vehicles will have limited access across the bridge. Waterway traffic will be maintained.

These restrictions will only be in place at night while we are working during the following hours:
Friday night: 8 PM to 5 AM
Saturday night: 6 PM to 3 AM
Sunday night: 6 PM to 3 AM (if needed)

During those hours, buses will be re-routed – here’s the Metro advisory:

From Friday evening, May 29, through the end of service on Sunday, May 31, overnight only each night, Metro routes 21 Local, 50, 120 and the RapidRide C Line will be operating a modified reroute via the 1st Av S bridge due to maintenance on the lower-level Spokane St bridge.

…Routes 21 Local, 50, 120 and the RapidRide C Line will travel instead via W Marginal Way SW and the 1st Av S bridge. There are no additional stops missed during this modified reroute. Expect possible service delays. At all other times, these routes will continue using their long-term reroutes via the lower level Spokane St Bridge.

SDOT says the closure is for “necessary maintenance work on the low bridge’s controls and communications systems that are used to operate the bridge.”

5 Replies to "TRAFFIC-ALERT REMINDER: Low-bridge work Friday-Sunday nights"

  • Don Brubeck May 27, 2020 (8:40 pm)

    For bike route maps to the First Avenue South Bridge and the South Park Bridge see West Seattle Bike Connections’ Resources page.

  • BBILL May 31, 2020 (12:38 pm)

    Any update on the repairs? I’m not concerned about the closure, which is, overall, meaningless with the current curfew.

    • WSB May 31, 2020 (1:29 pm)

      No. I asked SDOT – before the weekend – how they would get the word out IF the Sunday night closure was not needed, and the reply was that “partner agencies” such as Metro would be notified. Given everything that’s transpired over the weekend, that may not still be the case. At this point I’m just planning on watching to see what happens or doesn’t happen at 8 pm.

      • BBILL May 31, 2020 (1:38 pm)

        The low bridge was open to highway traffic last night, so I thought maybe the work was delayed until Sunday. So many changes to changes that it’s very difficult to know what to expect and when. I thank you for the follow-up.

      • BBILL June 1, 2020 (11:51 pm)

        I’m hoping for an update about the repairs, plus did the bridge pass its “stress test” that was performed a few weeks ago?

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