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Restaurants and retail struggling during pandemic, on-call medical workers, additional types of vans and shuttles can now apply for Spokane St Swing Bridge access

More people and businesses in West Seattle can now apply for access to drive on the Spokane St Swing Bridge (low bridge)! The low bridge is restricted to keep a clear path for emergency vehicles while the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge is under construction. PRESS RELEASE: English | Español | 繁體中文 | 한국어 | Tiếng Việt | ភាសាខ្មែរ | af Soomaali | Oromiffa  FACT… [ Keep reading ]

Our quarterly update on Reconnect West Seattle!

Reconnect West Seattle was borne out of the unexpected closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge, which dramatically impacted West Seattle and the nearby Duwamish Valley communities. Through Reconnect West Seattle, we have a vision to restore travel across the Duwamish to similar levels seen before the high bridge closure. At the same… [ Keep reading ]

She’s back! Seattle’s favorite SpokesSalmon has moved to West Seattle

Seattle’s SpokesSalmon, Sal, is back and has moved to West Seattle! You may remember Sal from her SpokesSalmon debut in 2019 when she was getting out the word to #FlipYourTrip and to commute car-free at least once a week to downtown Seattle. Sal moved to West Seattle right before the closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge. The… [ Keep reading ]

West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force Meeting #18

On Thursday, April 8, we held the 18th West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force (CTF) Meeting. You can watch the meeting in full by clicking the below link: West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force Meeting #18 The meeting came as we announced changes in our Spokane St Swing Bridge (low bridge) access policy… [ Keep reading ]

We’re starting the application process for people to use the Spokane St Swing Bridge to reach lifesaving medical appointments while the West Seattle Bridge is under construction

Applications will open later this month for restaurants and retail struggling during pandemic, on-call medical workers, additional types of vans and shuttles. We’ve also extended weekend all–access hours by 3 hours to 8 a.m. People seeking lifesaving medical treatment, on-call medical workers, West Seattle restaurants and retail businesses, and people using vans, shuttles or official carpools with a state-issued rideshare license plate can soon apply to SDOT for access to the Spokane St Swing… [ Keep reading ]

Envisioning the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge back to normal

Things feel a little different this spring. At this time last year, the pandemic was just beginning. Then, the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge suddenly closed. Together, these events brought compounding crises to West Seattle and Duwamish Valley communities. On Tuesday, the one-year mark since the bridge closed, we thanked you for your support and resilience. Yesterday, we looked back at how our response to the high bridge closure unfolded over those twelve months. Before… [ Keep reading ]

One year in: A look back at the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge

At 7 PM on the night of Monday, March 23, 2020, a few final cars passed over the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge. The decision to close the high bridge due to accelerated concrete cracking was necessary for public safety, but at the same time brought immediate challenges to communities in West Seattle and the Duwamish Valley. For many people and businesses, the bridge is more than a piece of infrastructure. It functions… [ Keep reading ]

Travel Advisory | As part of Reconnect West Seattle, we’re paving this weekend in South Park & Highland Park. Part of 1st Ave S will be temporarily closed.

Summary Weather permitting, crews will begin paving work this weekend at two locations: South Park: 1st Ave S between S Cloverdale St and SW Kenyon St Highland Park: Intersection of SW Henderson St and 9th Ave SW Paving will take place between 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM in both locations. Part of the Reconnect West Seattle package of… [ Keep reading ]

We’re seeking federal funding sources to support rapid repair of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge

We are focused squarely on completing necessary repairs to reopen the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge to the public as quickly as possible, while keeping public safety as our top priority. To support this effort, we are working to secure all necessary funding for the upcoming high bridge rehabilitation project – including federal, state and local funding… [ Keep reading ]

A note of thanks to West Seattle and Duwamish Valley Communities

Dear West Seattle and Duwamish Valley communities, It’s been a tough year. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take its toll around the globe, your communities suddenly faced another major challenge: the emergency closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge on March 23, 2020. Here we are. One year later. While… [ Keep reading ]