WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: Concrete progress report

(SDOT photo, April 5th)

One week ago today, SDOT announced that the West Seattle Bridge repair project finally had started receiving concrete again. The initial delivery, SDOT said, was going toward expansion-joint work, part of the maintenance that’s scheduled to be done before the bridge reopens to traffic. The deliveries were made possible by the decision of some concrete drivers to return to work though their labor dispute with suppliers hadn’t been resolved; in the past week, the strikers expanded that decision, announcing they would all return to work while negotiations continued. So today, we asked SDOT what’s happened since those first deliveries last Tuesday, particularly whether they’ve started receiving concrete for the post-tensioning (strengthening) that’s a key part of the repairs. Spokesperson Ethan Bergerson tells WSB, “We expect to begin receiving structural concrete for the post-tensioning system this weekend. We’re pleased that the concrete work is moving forward as fast as possible, given the concrete supplier’s delivery constraints. In total, the project needs 245 cubic yards (about 30 truckloads) of structural concrete for the post-tensioning system. Last week, 2 truckloads of non-structural concrete were delivered for the expansion joints.” SDOT has said they won’t be able to offer a revised reopening timeline until the last of that concrete is poured. We’re likely to get an update next week when the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meets at 4 pm Thursday, April 21st.

15 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: Concrete progress report"

  • nwpolitico April 12, 2022 (5:40 pm)

    If I’m reading the SDOT statement correctly, I believe there are 30 truckloads of structural concrete to go, as the two truckloads already delivered were non-structural concrete.

    • WSB April 12, 2022 (5:45 pm)

      Tried to write a creative headline. I’m not sure that’s what they meant but it’s too late for me to get an answer now so I’ll just go back to my original boring headline.

      • WS Neighbor April 12, 2022 (6:26 pm)

        Your reporting is never boring!  You are a treasure for West Seattle. We love your 24/7 work!  

      • Pessoa April 13, 2022 (10:18 am)

        WSB:  I can relate.  By the way,  the quality of reporting/writing on the WSB far exceeds what one typically sees on a neighborhood blog.  

  • Zipda April 12, 2022 (6:47 pm)

    This concrete issue is getting harder by the day

    • Kerry April 12, 2022 (7:41 pm)


    • Morgan April 12, 2022 (10:02 pm)

      Bravo.and echo the cheer for WSB tireless reporting. Amazing public service.

    • Marco April 12, 2022 (10:33 pm)

      No pun in 10 did.I’ve read that the concrete drivers offered to return to work, but have not been called back to work…

    • Delridge April 12, 2022 (10:45 pm)

      goodness, you’re right. If only there was a cure…I guess we’ll give it a few days. 

      • JJ April 13, 2022 (6:53 am)

        Hopefully the revised timeline will firm up soon. :)

  • Sasquatch April 14, 2022 (8:47 am)

    You know those concrete people are all mixed up and set in their ways

  • Rick April 14, 2022 (11:06 am)

    Should have let the Romans build the bridge. It would still be functional today.

  • Scubafrog April 14, 2022 (8:57 pm)

    I’m getting excited, and totally get why some businesses/some people want to celebrate before the opening :)

  • 22blades April 15, 2022 (5:34 am)

    This is shaping up to be a massive fail personally. It looks like the bridge will open the day I retire.

    • The Dude April 15, 2022 (2:58 pm)

      Congratulations on your upcoming retirement Blades.

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