WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE REOPENING: The camera to watch; plus, evening updates

4:51 PM: No new intel so far today on exactly what time SDOT expects to reopen the West Seattle Bridge, but we did learn that the 35th/Fauntleroy traffic camera has been pointed at the bridge’s west entrance so you can see when it’s open there, so we’ve embedded it above. (The high-bridge cameras have not been reactivated yet, although we’re told, again, that they’re trying to get that done in time for the reopening.) Refresh for the latest version of the image, which is updated every minute or two, or go to the SDOT Travelers’ Map to click on the camera and get a window with an option for watching live video. Camera aside, SDOT says the official “it’s open” notification will come first via Twitter, then an SDOT Blog post, then a news release, then email.

7:30 PM: From SDOT via Twitter:

8:02 PM: Also from SDOT – please stay off the bridge so those crews can do their job.

8:48 PM: Went over to 35th/Fauntleroy for a ground-level look at final tasks. This crew took down the “Bridge Closed/Detour” sign by Taco Time’s east side:

Data point: The signs are reusable because what’s on them was applied with adhesive, not painted, because of the materials needed to meet reflectivity requirements.

9:10 PM: The live webcam shows crews just pulled the ROAD CLOSED signs away at the 35th/Fauntleroy entrance.

(Added: Video by Paulette Athan as Fauntleroy barricades were removed)
9:17 PM: And a moment after that, as we’ve posted separately, the bridge reopened.

62 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE REOPENING: The camera to watch; plus, evening updates"

  • Caitlin September 17, 2022 (5:17 pm)

    Can someone with fireworks (I know you Seahawks fans have ’em) keep an eye on this and set them off when it opens? ;) 

    • Ws mom September 17, 2022 (9:04 pm)


  • Tad September 17, 2022 (5:33 pm)

    The show ain’t over until the Honey Bucket is hauled away!

    • Matt #2 September 17, 2022 (6:17 pm)

      Came here to say this. So true.

      • EB September 17, 2022 (8:53 pm)

        They just hauled it away!

      • Alice September 17, 2022 (9:02 pm)

        Welp, it’s gone now! 🤞🏼

  • WS Blog fan September 17, 2022 (5:46 pm)

    Thank you WS Blog for keeping us up to date. You are the best!

  • Flivver September 17, 2022 (5:46 pm)

    Came by the high bridge on southbound 99 a bit before 5. No sign of any reopening activity.

  • Mikah September 17, 2022 (5:47 pm)

    I’m guessing they’re afraid that if they announce the opening time ahead of time, a bunch of people will block everything trying to be the first person to cross the bridge. 

    • Flivver September 17, 2022 (6:49 pm)

      Micah. That, I’m sure is their primary reason for not saying. That’s why an @6am opening makes sense. The likelihood of a crowd gathering is minimal. However, i’m sure there will be people watching and anticipating so somebody will be 1st across and broadcast their firstness.

    • Bob September 17, 2022 (7:55 pm)

      Aye! I was pondering a 5am start….

  • Gay September 17, 2022 (5:56 pm)

    Ummm, there’s an unruly Juniper on the left side that needs another good prune……….

  • TJ September 17, 2022 (6:20 pm)

    Our bet is they will open it late tonight just before midnight, so they can claim that they opened the bridge early! (like 2-1/2 years later is “early” in government code). The view from the hill above the bridge looks like only 2 vehicles still clearing off last minute details on the bridge, otherwise “good to go”.

  • Ryan September 17, 2022 (6:24 pm)

    They are moving some barricades at the Delridge on-ramp as I just drove by…

  • Joey September 17, 2022 (6:26 pm)

    The timing on the light at that 35th / Fountleroy intersection is back to normal as well, and there’s a police car sitting at that parking lot right there. I feel like it’s really happening 🤠😎

  • Me September 17, 2022 (6:28 pm)

    Open Sunday. Broke Monday

  • The truth September 17, 2022 (6:38 pm)

    I am guessing between 8:50 and 9:15 tonight!!

    • driver September 17, 2022 (9:19 pm)

      Winner. Winner. Chicken dinner.

    • AR September 17, 2022 (9:54 pm)

      They saw your post and decided to wait until 9:16 to open it… mwahahaha

      • Bronson September 18, 2022 (8:13 am)

        Except that it was actually 9:12 when it opened. I have a good view and saw the “pace cars” leading and the other cars follow. So good guess after all!

  • cakes September 17, 2022 (6:46 pm)

    Can’t decide whether to watch the camera or the Husky game. Both pretty exciting, and I’m not sarcastic. There is a steady stream of activity at the end of the bridge.

  • John Doe September 17, 2022 (7:43 pm)

    The private security on the bridge are being a–holes to dozens of people that just want to take a picture.

    • Uh oh September 17, 2022 (8:09 pm)

      If they were on the bridge taking pictures,  and yes,  they can be a-holes.  Not supposed to be up there.  

    • CR September 17, 2022 (8:13 pm)

      You just trying to create some controversy?

  • Amy September 17, 2022 (7:45 pm)

    Something is going on at 35th and Faunty

    • driver September 17, 2022 (9:13 pm)

      Looks like   Fauntleroy barricades have been removed.

  • JustJedSaid September 17, 2022 (7:49 pm)

    I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. Which is funny, because I’m one of the lesser impacted people. I’m still working from home and only venturing out of W.S. early Saturday mornings before 8:00am. on the low bridge. I’m happy for everyone, but most for the businesses and the people who get their neighborhoods back from the detour madness. Thanks WSB for keeping us so well informed throughout this unfortunate situation.

    • Amy September 17, 2022 (8:04 pm)

      Same! I’m watching the live video with such excitement! 

  • Bob September 17, 2022 (7:56 pm)

    I crossed the pedestrian bridge today and was wondering – are folk still jumping off logs?

  • Steph September 17, 2022 (8:16 pm)

    I vote 3am.

  • K September 17, 2022 (8:20 pm)

    Is there still time to get one last ticket from crossing the low bridge before 9PM?

    • Sw September 17, 2022 (9:02 pm)

      I took my one and only drive across the low bridge since high bridge closed this week when returning from QA around rush hour. The first time across they issue only a warning! I decided to go for it. It was divine, and I was home in under 15 minutes!!!!! Let’s go High Bridge Opening, yeah!

      • La in PP September 18, 2022 (12:24 pm)

        I did exactly the same thing!  

  • Mark September 17, 2022 (8:35 pm)

    Over under on the removal of the Honey Bucket?

    • WSea September 17, 2022 (9:06 pm)

      It’s gone!

  • FanOfWestSea September 17, 2022 (8:39 pm)

    Hey, how was your weekend?”me: “Great! It was a GR8 weekend!””yeah, what did you do that made it so great?”me: “oh, you know, drove back and forth on the WS bridge all day Sunday.”

    • tracey September 17, 2022 (10:07 pm)

      Oooh!  Now there is a plan.  I was wondering what I was going to do tomorrow.

  • Sh September 17, 2022 (8:41 pm)

    Just walked Andover pedestrian bridge and around the opening of the bridge off 35th and back down towards Avalon towards Spokane. Heed the warning to stay off the bridge there are trucks and large work rigs hauling ass across the bridge and up the freeway!!

  • Marty2 September 17, 2022 (8:59 pm)

    I’m going to miss the Island life, so I’ll go to bed and read all about the reopening on the Blog tomorrow.

  • TMT September 17, 2022 (9:05 pm)

    I bet, at 11:05 pm tonight the bridge will open! 😎

  • TMT September 17, 2022 (9:08 pm)

    I guessing too at 11:05 pm tonight the bridge will open! 😎

  • EB September 17, 2022 (9:08 pm)

    Oh man it’s happening!!

  • s September 17, 2022 (9:08 pm)

    OMG! It looks like they are about to open Fauntleroy entrance! Rounding up road closed signs. IT”S OPEN!!!!!

  • Midi September 17, 2022 (9:12 pm)

    The barricades are down, the WSB is open!!!

  • Jason September 17, 2022 (9:13 pm)

    It’s open!

  • DC September 17, 2022 (9:13 pm)

    Its open! Just saw the first car across!

  • Yay September 17, 2022 (9:15 pm)

    The barricades are gone…. can it be?!

  • Mkl September 17, 2022 (9:16 pm)

    It’s OPEN! Entrances to #WestSeattleBridge at 35th/Fauntleroy, Delridge, SR 99, northbound I-5 are open. Check @WSDOT_Traffic for southbound I-5 ramp reopening timing as they #ReviveI5. Thanks for your resilience over the past 2.5 years. #WestSeattleReunited sdotblog.seattle.gov/2022/09/17/wes…

  • Tillmann September 17, 2022 (9:16 pm)

    Damnit, I am too drunk to drive now. Has to wait until tomorrow I guess 

  • Alice September 17, 2022 (9:16 pm)


  • It is over! September 17, 2022 (9:19 pm)

    It’s open again! 

  • Mark September 17, 2022 (9:20 pm)

    9:12pm. It’s open!

  • Matt #2 September 17, 2022 (9:23 pm)

    First one across the bridge on my Triumph! Sweet!

    • sw September 17, 2022 (10:07 pm)

      Awesome, must’ve been a beautiful ride, saw you go on the live cam!!

      • Hawkeye September 18, 2022 (3:57 am)

        Saw you slide by the trucks just before they pulled away and went for it! Must have been an awesome ride!

  • Dd September 17, 2022 (9:46 pm)

    Just drove it….what a dream come true

  • SF September 17, 2022 (9:47 pm)

    Never Forget!!

  • Pigeonpointres September 17, 2022 (9:54 pm)

    Love from pigeon point,  the bridge appears open. 

  • Gina September 17, 2022 (10:06 pm)

    6 minutes from Admiral to 5th& Columbia, 29 minutes to return via West Marginal due to South bound I-5 Spokane St exit being closed. 

  • WS Res September 17, 2022 (10:28 pm)

    Left a dull show at The Neptune early, pulled up our Google Maps for the drive home… and it directed us across  the bridge.  WOOOOO!

  • Kana September 18, 2022 (8:12 am)

    I think I might just cry. After 2.5 yrs of living on the detour route and listening to the rage of WS frustrated drivers I am looking forward to the peace and quiet of our neighborhood again. Thank you to all that worked on the bridge!!! BEST DAY EVER!!!! ❤️

  • VLT September 18, 2022 (6:13 pm)

    Can I exit the newly reopened West Seattle Bridge to 4th Ave. S?    

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