READER REPORT: Concrete from above

Stephen sent the photos and report, with a question for other drivers:

I was driving eastbound on Spokane (after I turned right from Avalon) around 3:15 pm today and as I go under the higher bridge, wet concrete started falling like a waterfall. There are rocks mixed in the concrete and broke my upper right windshield. I just wanted to see if other drivers got hit as well. There was a yellow pickup truck behind me and I am sure it got dinged.

Stephen hadn’t yet reported it to SDOT. For any kind of city-road/bridge-related problem, 206-684-ROAD or (If it’s an urgent hazard after-hours, 206-386-1218 or 911.) We’ll follow up with SDOT tomorrow.

15 Replies to "READER REPORT: Concrete from above"

  • CarDriver May 9, 2022 (7:42 pm)

    YIKES. There goes the special mix!! On a serious note the bridge contractor needs to be contacted. Sounds like they’re the only source. Good luck getting them to admit liability.

  • Stephen May 9, 2022 (8:34 pm)

    Thank you WS Blog for being such a helpful resource on coming up with WSDOT contact info! I just wanted to warn other drivers to be vigilant.

  • East Coast Cynic May 9, 2022 (9:12 pm)

    Yeah, are we going to have to wait until the end of the year for another special concrete mix to properly set?

  • Marty2 May 9, 2022 (10:49 pm)

    Sounds like he was driving under the older section of the bridge between Avalon Way and Delridge Way, which is west of the high level portion.  Maybe the contractor is doing repair work on this section and some demolition debris fell onto his car.

    • Jim May 10, 2022 (3:36 pm)

      That is NOT “demolition debris” that is wet concrete. Even wet busted up concrete wouldn’t look like that

  • WS Driver May 9, 2022 (11:38 pm)

     A nearly exact thing happened to me at that same time today. We drove under the bridge at that same spot at approx. 3:10 and what appeared to be small chunks of dry concrete and debris fell from bridge above and onto my car. No damage to my car, but grey dust and debris falling down was noticeable for sure. 

  • WSEA May 10, 2022 (7:59 am)

    I’ve had this happen in the past from a moving cement truck.  Its very easy to file with the company and its very common.   They fixed everything on my car really quickly.   As someone suggested, I would contact the contractor.  Interested to see who helps resolve the issue.

  • Heather Marx May 10, 2022 (9:07 am)

    Stephen, Here is a claim form –
    Call me if you have questions or want to discuss.

  • James May 10, 2022 (10:11 am)

    Our car got hit with wet concrete not twenty minutes ago. I’ll be calling SDOT to report the issue.

  • Hil G May 10, 2022 (1:53 pm)

    Yep. 9:15 this morning.

    • sam-c May 10, 2022 (3:24 pm)

      Oh wow!! Maybe they should restrict traffic under the bridge until they address their problem??

      • WSB May 10, 2022 (3:33 pm)

        I have an update from SDOT and will be publishing it separately shortly.

    • WS Native May 10, 2022 (4:15 pm)

      Holy Cow!  That’s terrible!!  I hope you can get it fixed without too much hassle.  

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