Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will reopen the West Emerson Overpass to traffic today, December 19 after completing an 11-week repair project.
This is the first major repair to the bridge since it first opened in 1959. In less than 3 months, construction crews have successfully installed a new bridge girder, repaved the entire bridge deck, poured new sidewalks and curbs, installed new bridge expansion joints, and performed other repairs to the surrounding sidewalks and roads
After the overpass is opened, some weather-contingent minor work is still required, such as placing permanent road striping. Some of these minor tasks may happen immediately or be re-scheduled when the weather improves in the early part of 2015. It’s anticipated that this minor work would have some traffic impacts; however the overpass is expected to remain open to traffic during this work.
SDOT thanks residents, businesses, and people traveling through the project area for their patience during construction. Seattle is working hard to continually update its roads so that we can meet the needs of our growing city. Repairing key throughways like the West Emerson Overpass, will help keep people moving through the city for years to come.
Lanes will reopen following the afternoon/evening travel peak. For more information on the project, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/15thavewestoverpass.htm .