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West Seattle High-Rise Bridge engineers prepare for everything by considering worst-case scenarios

Since theemergencyclosure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridgeon March 23, 2020, we havemade clear through action and deed thatpublic safety, consistentcommunication,and transparency arefoundational toour teamsand partners.Weareworkingwith great urgency to chart the path forward for thehighbridge. Today,we aresharinga Conceptual Modes of Failure Memoprepared by ourstructuralengineeringconsultant, WSP,whichuses careful analysis and modeling to… [ Keep reading ]

New intelligent monitoring system on West Seattle High-Rise Bridge

The new intelligent monitoringsysteminstallationisnearly completeonthe West Seattle High-Rise Bridge and will be fully operational mid-May. We recently shared ouremergency response planthat we developed with an inter-agency task force. Seeing an emergency evacuationFall Zonecan be a little frightening,and we want to assure you that there are no current indications that we’ll… [ Keep reading ]

2020 bike investments to accelerate, including 20 miles of Stay Healthy Streets to become permanent in Seattle

Mayor Durkan and SDOT are makingat least20 miles ofthe StayHealthy Streets pilot permanent, andmoving forward witha bold vision of enhanced bike infrastructure. Mayor Jenny Durkan announcedtodaythat Seattlewill makeat least20 miles of Stay Healthy Streets permanent. She also directed SDOT toexpand the program to include routesinmoreneighborhoodsand acceleratetheinstallation ofnewbike facilitiessuch as Neighborhood… [ Keep reading ]

Safety First – A Shared West Seattle Bridge Safety Management Plan

Just like when a winter storm approaches, we’re implementing a safety checklist to make sure that we’re prepared for the most challenging scenarios a deteriorating West Seattle Bridge could present. Earlier this week, we shared the news that traffic likely won’t return to the West Seattle Bridge in 2020… [ Keep reading ]

West Seattle High-Rise Bridge inspection reports

The Seattle Department of Transportation is committed to transparency and keeping the public informed. The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge inspection reports from 2013 through 2020 areposted on our website.We share these important reports to give you access to the documents that informedour decisions over the years. What we believe the… [ Keep reading ]

How we caught the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge deterioration

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) does not take chances when it comes to public safety. That’s why, on Monday, March 23, weclosed West Seattle High-Rise Bridge to all trafficand are redirecting the traveling public. During our shared effort to combat the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, it’s especially… [ Keep reading ]

Temporary Closure of All Public-Facing Customer Service Counters to Combat Spread of COVID-19

Update on May 5, 2020: All public-facing customer service counters will remain closed through May 31st. To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, we will close our public-facing customer service counters starting Monday, March 16. We expect to… [ Keep reading ]

Black History Month Celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou

We celebrate and honor the legacy ofDr. Maya Angelou as part of our four-partseriesfor Black History Month. You’re probably wondering how Angelou relates to transit, which is sort of the focus of our series. And ok – yes, we did just want to find a way to write about her… [ Keep reading ]

Black History Month Celebrates Carmen Turner

We celebrate and honor the legacy ofCarmen Turneras part of our four-partseriesfor Black History Month. Turner served as General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) from 1983-1990, making her the first African American woman in such a role at a transit organization in our country. Prior to… [ Keep reading ]

Garrett Morgan. Inventor. Father. Social Activist.

We celebrate and honor the legacy of Garrett Morgan as part of our four-part series for Black History Month. Do you appreciate having a yellow light to warn you that the traffic signal will soon be red? Yep, think about all the collisions that would happen if the light went… [ Keep reading ]