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    Hi everybody,
    West Seattle is a laid-back neighborhood. Alki Beach’s stretch of sand is popular with volleyball players, kayakers and sunbathers, while its waterside path offers views of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. There’s a pretty famous bridge here, who built this bridge? Can anyone tell me?
    Thanks everyone.



    John Clark was the lead designer of the current bridge (Seattle Times, though Puget Sound Engineering Council lists him as one of the consulting engineers for the high bridge and the lead designer of the bascule bridge), which opened in 1984. He’s also the man responsible for telling the city to just epoxy over the cracks and attach some strain monitoring equipment in 2014 and later to utilize carbon fiber wrap, additional epoxy grout and additional PT cables. He was employed by Anderson, Bjornstad, Kane, Jacobs from 1979-1997 and was a part of of numerous other bridge projects in Washington.

    John Clark was also heavily involved in numerous other bridge projects in the PNW as well as one of the investigators in the failure of the Lacey V. Morrow I-90 bridge.

    I’ve been unable to find who the contractor was but there were concerns, long ago, that there were issues with the concrete but I don’t know if those concerns were related to the constructions of the piers, which were poured in place, or if they were with the bridge beams which would’ve, likely, been poured offsite, barged in and lifted with a crane.

    There have been many points of failure along the lines that point to systemic issues rather than any one single point of failure, which is not to say that, with a failure of the structure, closure wouldn’t have been the result anyway though it’s possible, not to say improbable, that improved maintenance would’ve extended the life or obviated the need for closure.


    Michael Waldo

    I have never thought that the city having to pick the lowest bidder for construction projects is a good idea.
    There were issues from the beginning.
    Several concrete panels on the roadway had to be replaced.
    There were issues with water drainage.
    And, there are deep tire tracks in the concrete where someone drove on it before it was cured.



    No bridge=less traffic=calm and quiet in my neighborhood.

    Do not rebuild the bridge, money use for FUND the POLICE!!



    @gardenofriche: of course, the bridge was only for your use, not the 100K+ vehicles that travel it. It’s only about you, right? What about all of the neighborhoods that are inundated with detoured traffic. Not your problem, right? Their not through your neighborhood! This may be one of the most self-centered things I’ve read today.



    Yes, I want to make West Seattle the island of Paradise with rows of palm trees and coconut trees.
    It is a privilege to live in the Island of West Seattle and it is not a “right”.
    If you cannot handle the traffic, you are welcome to move to the CHOP, nobody is forcing you to live here.
    I like it when there is one one way to the West Seattle Island and charge a big toll for anybody who wants to come to the island.
    Again, save the money and FUND the POLICE.

    no bridge=less traffic=very quiet and maybe less crime.



    @Gardenofriches: I’m dumber for having read your post. Travel in and around W. Seattle is a right, they are public roads. Perhaps you’re the one who should take a hike. There are plenty of places where you can live well away from any artery, such as Concully.



    @Mark47n—you should move back where you came from…Colorado and leave us alone.

    There are many people like me would like to make West Seattle an Island and don’t need the bridge. Make it just one entry to WSI(West Seattle Island).
    Others who don’t like it, they are welcome to move.
    less traffic = Peace and quiet and more Eagles flying



    Boy, I am sleeping so good and deep since the bridge was closed—so quiet!!!! and I can even hear the birds singing so beautifully.

    Just closed the bridge, do not need to repair, save the money and fund the Police!!



    HAPPENING NOW: Alki cleared by police

    More reasons not to fix the bridge and Fund the Police.
    Just close Alki Avenue to cars and all the beach congestion will be gone.

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