CLOSURE ALERT: West Seattle low bridge closing to all but emergency vehicles for 5 hours Saturday

Announced this afternoon by SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will restrict all traffic from the Spokane Street Swing Bridge (West Seattle Low Bridge) on Saturday, January 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This temporary restriction applies to everyone, including all vehicles which are normally authorized to use the bridge except for emergency vehicles. Both the roadway and path on the bridge between West Seattle and Harbor Island will be closed to all people driving, walking, biking, rolling, and taking the bus.

This short-term traffic restriction will allow crews to survey the system that latches the two spans of the bridge together. The bridge will remain operational for maritime traffic during the restriction.

Emergency vehicles will continue to be allowed to cross the bridge. Signs are in place to guide people driving, biking, and taking transit through routes over alternative crossings of the Duwamish Waterway, like the First Avenue South Bridge.

17 Replies to "CLOSURE ALERT: West Seattle low bridge closing to all but emergency vehicles for 5 hours Saturday"

  • CarDriver January 19, 2021 (1:57 pm)

    Will Metro be using  W. Marginal??

    • Pdxmark77 January 19, 2021 (3:22 pm)

      Nothing has been announced yet, but typically they will route them via the First Ave bridge / West Marginal Way to their normal route

  • skeeter January 19, 2021 (2:30 pm)

    Oh my goodness this will be a mess for people taking the bus between West Seattle and anywhere east or north of West Seattle (downtown, etc.)

  • Pdxmark77 January 19, 2021 (2:56 pm)

    Any idea on how they are going to re route the busses?  I take the bus to work during that time and this will greatly effect my commute.

  • KBear January 19, 2021 (3:29 pm)

    Good grief, people! It is 5 hours on ONE day, and it is a SATURDAY. Surely anyone living in West Seattle is in favor of maintaining any working bridges we have left! 

    • wowpeople January 19, 2021 (3:58 pm)

      You seem to be the only one overreacting here.  Not everyone has the luxury of working from home or only Monday through Friday.  To me it seems like people are looking for more information so that they can appropriately plan ahead.

      • KBear January 19, 2021 (7:31 pm)

        Of course some people have to go to work on Saturday. But they have to close the bridge at some time, and no matter when they do it, someone will be inconvenienced. 

    • Pdxmark77 January 19, 2021 (4:21 pm)

      I understand it’s one day and I’m not against them doing maintenance.I work on Saturdays and that requires me to take the bus on Saturday mornings.  I was just wondering what the bus detours will look like as I need to plan ahead and leave earlier then my normal time.

      • WSB January 19, 2021 (5:34 pm)

        Metro hopes to have this info for me tomorrow. Which is still probably sooner than they’ll send the official advisory.

  • Joshua's Mom January 19, 2021 (6:30 pm)

    Thanks WSB for your hard work with respected connections to keep us on the cutting edge!

  • bolo January 19, 2021 (9:36 pm)

    The bike detour around the lower bridge is probably to head south on W. Marginal to the 1st Ave. bridge, am I correct?

    • Eddie January 20, 2021 (8:17 am)

      There’s no other river crossing. 1st Ave or Southpark bridge.

  • Jim P. January 20, 2021 (12:39 pm)

    If you’re in the Westwood Village area, consider grabbing the 60 instead of the 120 or 125, 21 or C.Already uses the 1st street bridge, goes downtown (east of it a bit) and connects to the light rail at one point.

  • jb January 22, 2021 (11:02 am)

    Yes it is a Saturday, but just another disruption for West Seattle.  Could they possibly be lookig for wear and tear that the large heavy container trucks are causing on the bridge during the week?  Why not open lower bridge to all traffic on the weekends?  oh wait that would be no tickets issued and not in Sdots plan!

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