LOW BRIDGE: Here’s what’s up with its 3 projects

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In our Monday conversation with SDOT‘s West Seattle Bridge project director Heather Marx, which brought first word of the high-bridge repair milestone, we also asked about the low-bridge work. You might recall that the same contract with Kraemer North America includes work on the low bridge. What they’re focusing on right now, Marx said, is reinforcement of the bridge – with work similar to what’s happening with the high bridge, epoxy injection into cracks and carbon-fiber wrapping. That’s separate from the other projects planned for the low bridge. Those include replacement of the communication system and routing cables under the Duwamish River, boring mini-tunnels (4″ wide) to thread the cables beneath the river. Taurus Power & Controls, Inc. is the contractor chosen for that work. SDOT is also replacing the bridge’s hydraulic pump/cylinders, and addressing electrical problems that led to recent trouble rendering the bridge inoperable for a while. “By the end of the year, the low bridge should be good,” Marx summarized. (More detail on the projects are on this city webpage.)

And just in case you needed to hear it again, yes, Marx reiterated, the low-bridge restrictions will be lifted as soon as the high bridge reopens. So where will those enforcement cameras be redeployed? Not decided yet. Since state law allows transit-lane camera enforcement, might the cameras be redirected up there? Not currently planned but not out of the question.

8 Replies to "LOW BRIDGE: Here's what's up with its 3 projects"

  • Lucy July 26, 2022 (2:05 pm)

    Where were you when the ship hit the span?

    • WSB July 26, 2022 (2:20 pm)

      Hopefully you know this, but the low bridge was also built after the ship-vs.-bridge collision.

    • CarDriver July 26, 2022 (7:26 pm)

      Commuting to Boeing when the “Chavez” hit it. The pilot-Rolf Neslund was forced to retire and later found dead at his home on Orcas Island. Turns out his wife had a chainsaw and there was a burn barrel nearby…….. 

      • bolo July 26, 2022 (10:27 pm)

        Not only that, but when they interviewed him right after the crash, he said “don’t tell my wife– she’ll kill me.”

      • Where were you July 27, 2022 (8:25 am)

        Lopez island. Axe not chainsaw. And she burned the body. 

  • Joe Z July 26, 2022 (2:25 pm)

    Hearing a rumor that the enforcement cameras have been turned off (at least on weekends) for a while now. Has anyone gotten “toll” bills recently? 

    • CarDriver July 26, 2022 (7:31 pm)

      Hadn’t heard that. But do know that SPD’s traffic unit(motorcycles) doesn’t work weekends-except for sports/special events.

  • Hammer in Hand July 27, 2022 (9:34 pm)

    To help prolong the duct tape repair of the upper level bridge we should all freight and busses (as most of them are over weight per axel) keep them on the lower bridge seems to have worked for them just fine for 2 1/2 years. Have 4 lane of general purpose travel let’s get traffic moving Again

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