WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: First of two repair-work platforms goes up Saturday

That was the scene on the high-bridge camera just after 4 pm, as crews working on the bridge repairs look ahead to a big job tomorrow – the first of two work platforms will be raised on Saturday morning. SDOT says the platform on the west side of the main span will be raised in two sections, one sometime after 8 am, the other a few hours later. SDOT says this is not expected to affect traffic, so no road closures are planned. The east-side platform-raising – at least a week away – might have some traffic effects, though. For more details on how the platforms work and why they’re needed, see our report on the briefing the project manager from contractor Kraemer NA gave to the bridge Community Task Force last year.

12 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: First of two repair-work platforms goes up Saturday"

  • HarborIslandworker January 7, 2022 (4:48 pm)

    Well I guess i’ll see tomorrow because I have to work till 9am… and if they have the bridge open and there’s any freight traffic on Harbor Island I will be stuck as usual. But as far as the east side goes I could’ve sworn months ago Heather Marx was pretty adamant about the operations of this project not causing any traffic delays…🤔 sure sounds like more lies to me! It sure would be nice to know ahead of time before I agree to come in to work or perhaps be able to plan to leave early.

  • Buttercup January 7, 2022 (5:05 pm)

    Whoppee. It’s getting closer to being open! Positive thoughts only please

  • CarDriver January 7, 2022 (6:48 pm)

    WSB. Probably early in the process but have to ask……..has the contractor sent any vibes that they might finish before the end of June???

    • WSB January 7, 2022 (6:54 pm)

      I’d say it’s way too early to know. If the Task Force hasn’t been disbanded (still waiting for word from the mayor’s office on that) next week’s meeting is an opportunity to find out if they’re on schedule.

  • Delridge Employee January 7, 2022 (8:42 pm)

    Does anyone know if preparation for this work is what has caused the lights to go out over the multi-use path that goes from north Delridge to the lower bridge? It’s really dark there now in early mornings/late afternoons. 

    • bill January 7, 2022 (9:59 pm)

      My money would be on wire theft. (Again.) Have you reported the outage on FindItFixIt?

  • CarDriver January 7, 2022 (8:49 pm)

    SDOT made a BIG deal about keeping cars off the low bridge as they would adversely impact transit and emergency vehicles . Are there any guarantees from the port that truck traffic won’t adversely impact transit or emergency vehicles? And, if they do, what will SDOT do about it?  

    • WSB January 7, 2022 (9:03 pm)

      I looked at the camera many times today. Didn’t catch any jams. One truck here, two trucks there. Certainly not a steady stream like cars. We’ll see what happens when the larger ships show up. If anyone actually sees truck backups from T-5, please let us know.

  • Puzzled January 8, 2022 (12:04 pm)

    Sitting in traffic that’s currently backed up onto Admiral and I see no platform. Wasn’t it supposed to be raised last month? Isn’t this project a priority?

    • WSB January 8, 2022 (12:40 pm)

      At one point they said “last week of December.” But the most recent updates had been “early January.” Anyway, we were out on the low bridge about an hour ago and crews were just finishing hoisting the first half. Separate story to come.

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