Another West Seattle bridge project ahead

That’s the Admiral Way bridge over Fairmount Ravine, always festively (and mysteriously) decked in bows this time of year. This time next year, though, it might be decked in construction equipment. Earlier this month, a reader noticed what appeared to be an official-looking team assessing the bridge, and wondered if its earthquake-safety work were imminent. We checked with SDOT, whose spokesperson Ethan Bergerson replied: “The SW Admiral Way Bridge is planned to receive an earthquake-safety upgrade as part of the Levy to Move Seattle. Two members of our bridge team visited the site to view the vegetation around the bridge and get a closer look at the bridge in order to scope painting needs. This project is currently in the design phase, and we expect to reach the construction phase in late 2022 or in 2023.” The other Admiral Way bridge is in line for a seismic retrofit too.

5 Replies to "Another West Seattle bridge project ahead"

  • Flo B December 23, 2021 (5:36 pm)

    Wonder if the Admiral way bridge over Schmitz Park is in need also??

    • WSB December 23, 2021 (7:58 pm)

      That’s what the last line of the story is referring to.

  • Morgan December 23, 2021 (7:19 pm)

    Have a bad feeling about this….no mention if they’d close them during repairs…west seattle bridge reopens then this closes, is that the plan to make a full decade of cut off access?

    • WSB December 23, 2021 (7:35 pm)

      I don’t have the details but suspect that this work will be done without closing the bridge. Will check, though.

    • Dead Ender December 24, 2021 (7:07 am)

      The comment that this is in ‘design phase’ indicates that a decision has yet to be made. Efforts are usually made to reduce closures, they tend to make more overtime this way. IF it is just seismic retrofitting, that can be done with limited closures, at night, when the pay is highest and traffic lowest. Painting is routing maintenance and should not close the bridge.My fear is these bridge issues keep creeping closer to my home, which is in between these two bridges. Fortunately we have a 3rd point of egress, but it gest slippery in the ice and snow….Best to have one’s de-icer and a shovel at the ready.

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