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Thu Aug 11, 2022, 02:06 PM

Nearly 900 days into its closure, the West Seattle Bridge's reopening date becomes official

It’s the news West Seattle has been waiting for. The West Seattle Bridge will open on September 18, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Project Manager Heather Marx announced Thursday morning.

“This monumental effort has repaired the cracks and made the bridge stronger and safer,” said Marx.

“SDOT is confident that the bridge will now stand strong for decades to come, fulfilling its original intended lifespan. We appreciate the community’s resilience as we navigated the uncertainties of this challenging project.”

The bridge closed on March 23, 2020, when cracks inside the concrete were found to be expanding rapidly. After debating for several months over whether to repair the bridge or replace it, then-Mayor Jenny Durkan decided to go forward with a $58 million repair plan. That was the fastest way to get traffic back on the bridge.


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