REOPENED: Andover Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge, after 7 1/2-month closure

(WSB photos, this afternoon)

Thanks to Dawn for the tip: A West Seattle bridge has reopened. Not THE bridge, but close, literally – the walking/rolling bridge at Andover, which passes over the southwest end of the two-years-closed West Seattle Bridge, is now open again, SDOT confirms. This bridge, too, was closed suddenly – last August, SDOT declared it closed in advance of a planned seismic-improvement project, citing various concerns. The actual work on that project didn’t start until months later. It was expected to be done by the end of January, and then came the concrete strike. But a week and a half ago, SDOT said the contractor had obtained some concrete. Now, work is done and the bridge is back in service.

P.S. We’re working on an update about that “other” bridge.

14 Replies to "REOPENED: Andover Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge, after 7 1/2-month closure"

  • Mike Lindblom March 29, 2022 (5:45 pm)

    The finished project was considerably cheaper than an earlier $2.8m forecast, or even a costlier full replacement that was proposed in the levy.

    • OneTimeCharley March 29, 2022 (6:18 pm)

      If that’s true Mike, then we should definitely keep that in mind when considering the earthquake retrofit on the Delridge Way pedestrian overpass. Perhaps it too would be affordable to save.

  • AlsoAnotherJames March 29, 2022 (6:22 pm)

    War on cars, we could have build so much parking with this money. 

    • WSB March 29, 2022 (6:54 pm)

      Perhaps you’re being humorous. If not: No, we could not have. The city has made it clear, it’s not building parking. Not to mention, there’s many unused spaces practically beneath this section of the bridge (and a bit north) anyway.

  • CarDriver March 29, 2022 (6:34 pm)

    Have there been any counts as to how many pedestrians/bike riders use this bridge?

    • WSB March 29, 2022 (6:55 pm)

      The Spokane Street Bridge has a bike counter. This does not.

      • Foop March 29, 2022 (8:25 pm)

        The Spokane counter, unfortunately, isn’t displaying anything now, not sure if they’re still measuring though.

    • James March 29, 2022 (8:11 pm)

      I use it daily to get down to the C line and many in my neighborhood do.

    • 3seasons March 29, 2022 (8:48 pm)

      I use it every day.  Well, I have been missing it every day since it closed.

    • Steve March 29, 2022 (9:33 pm)

      I would estimate a few hundred.

  • Delridge Believer March 29, 2022 (9:36 pm)

    I use it every day.  A much safer route than the other options.  Great to have it back.

  • Jayde March 30, 2022 (2:05 am)

    SDOT sends out weekly updates about the West Seattle Bridge via email on Fridays. I would imagine that you may already be aware of that though. ^ ^;

    • WSB March 30, 2022 (2:24 am)

      Yes, of course, we get those too. Those seldom have anything of note that we haven’t previously reported, and it’s packaged up for public consumption. My job as a journalist is to seek out the unfiltered information looking for what might not have made it into public updates … – TR

  • Joe Z March 30, 2022 (7:16 am)

    Glad to have the pedestrian bridge back again.

    We’re still waiting on the most important pedestrian improvement in this area — a crosswalk on the east side of 35th and Fauntleroy, along with the removal of the slip lanes. It’s going to be tough to have to deal with cars again when the high bridge reopens. 

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