FOLLOWUP: Ramp repairs, day 2

(WSB photos, noontime today)

When we went over today for another look under the damaged ramp to Highway 99, we arrived just as that crew was ascending to the ramp’s underside. It’s been two days now since a 5′ x 4′ hole in the ramp took out tires on at least five vehicles before WSDOT ordered it closed. It’s a state-owned structure, as is Highway 99, to which the ramp leads from an exit on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. WSDOT spokesperson James Poling tells WSB that repairs remain on schedule – that’s the schedule announced yesterday, 10 days, which would mean the work is expected to be done by May 13th. He says the lift we photographed carries workers 38 feet up from ground to ramp. So what exactly is happening now? Poling replied, “Most of the concrete removal is now complete. The next repair step is building forms underneath the deck and sealing the space between the girder webs. This will take about 36-48 hours.”

As we reported yesterday, the ramp was built in 1959 and last inspected in August 2022. It remained open to traffic during the West Seattle Bridge’s two and a half-year closure, still accessible via a ramp from surface Spokane Street, except for a week-plus closure to repair a deck hole about 100 feet from this one.

P.S. We found more information about the ramp via this inventory map – including its official name, E-N Ramp, and confirmation that its inspection schedule is every two years

19 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Ramp repairs, day 2"

  • waikikigirl May 4, 2023 (7:35 pm)

    Couldn’t help myself!

  • Flivver May 4, 2023 (8:29 pm)

    With this is there any indication from WSDOT that they’ll do a “deeper dive” inspection on the whole ramp while it’s closed to traffic?

    • WSB May 5, 2023 (9:40 am)

      We mentioned that in coverage the other day. That’s the first thing they did, according to WSDOT – checked the other concrete panels in the ramp.

    • Ron May 4, 2023 (11:37 pm)

      That’s definitely 

      Wile E. Coyote

    • D May 5, 2023 (8:48 am)


    • Dm May 5, 2023 (10:23 am)

      Thanks for the laugh K!

    • Bee May 7, 2023 (10:11 pm)

      Well done

  • 1994 May 4, 2023 (11:16 pm)

    Fingers crossed this repair job will be longer lasting than the Westwood Village Post Office drive up mail box recurring pothole. 

  • Keenan May 5, 2023 (7:18 am)


    • CC May 5, 2023 (10:25 am)

      It’s a good thing they are expanding the hole. There were probably cracks radiating out from where concrete was lost in that original hole.  I would imagine they are finding where competent concrete begins, which increases our chances that it will be a long-lasting fix.  

  • snowskier May 5, 2023 (9:54 am)

    Time for a new solution.  Back to the Future 2 Fusion powered levitating cars.  “Where we’re going we don’t need roads!!”

  • Practical Molly May 5, 2023 (10:04 pm)

    Maybe they can replace it with a speed bump or a long series of speed bumps and bike lanes?  Eye roll. 

    • WestSeattleBadTakes May 6, 2023 (9:55 am)

      Imagine getting this upset about something that won’t happen.

  • Jethro Marx May 5, 2023 (10:19 pm)

    Meanwhile, in Columbus Ohio, they also have aging infrastructure, and probably an oft-maligned transportation department or two.

  • Pothole city May 6, 2023 (10:38 am)

    SDOT needs to check eastbound lane on spokane street bridge at divider ast of the bridge. Pavement is broken up and puddles in rain. Rebar exposed there too

    • WSB May 6, 2023 (12:11 pm)

      We’ve had a followup question out to them about the SSV since Thursday.

  • Alki resident May 7, 2023 (7:29 pm)

    Why is it that they closed the West Seattle bridge for more than 2 yrs to repair it but we still have multiple potholes? Why didn’t they fix it all while it was closed? Or maybe resurface the whole thing??!! I appreciate we have noise ordinances but how about doing repairs overnight so it doesn’t disrupt our commutes? They close ramps on i405 for repairs all the time.

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