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

Since the emergency closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge on March 23, 2020, we have made clear through action and deed that public safety, consistent communication, and transparency are foundational to our teams and partners. We are working with great urgency to chart the path forward for the high bridge. Today, we are sharing a Conceptual Modes of Failure Memo prepared by our structural engineering consultant, WSP, which uses careful analysis and modeling to… [ Keep reading ]

New intelligent monitoring system on West Seattle High-Rise Bridge

The new intelligent monitoring system installation is nearly complete on the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge and will be fully operational mid-May. We recently shared our emergency response plan that we developed with an inter-agency task force. Seeing an emergency evacuation Fall Zone can be a little frightening, and we want to assure you that there are no current indications that we’ll… [ Keep reading ]

West Seattle Bridge Interagency Task Force prepares unified response in case of emergency

Graphics updated on 5/4/2020 at 3:50pm The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge remains stable, and the growth of cracks has slowed since we removed traffic on March 23. This is, however, an evolving situation. With safety as our number one priority, and out of an abundance of caution, we want everyone… [ Keep reading ]

SDOT Selects West Seattle High-Rise Bridge stabilization contractor to carry out key repairs

We’re moving forward with West Seattle High-Rise Bridge stabilization. The City used emergency contracting authority to move with urgency in selecting a construction contractor to carry out Phase 1 stabilization work. We’re happy to announce that Kraemer North America has been selected for Phase 1 construction and work is already underway. There are three phases of repair for the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge: … [ Keep reading ]

Improving 5-way intersection by Spokane Street Low Bridge

Keeping people moving through West Seattle is one of our top priorities during the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge closure. Concurrently, our other priorities are maintaining public safety, stabilizing the high-rise bridge, assessing repair feasibly, maintaining the Spokane Low Bridge, and clear communication and transparency. Our traffic engineers are evaluating intersections and arterial… [ Keep reading ]

West Seattle Bridge: An update on Pier 18

To stabilize the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge and potentially help prevent further cracking, we need to replace the lateral bearings on Pier 18. Last week we shared the news that traffic won’t be returning to the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge in 2020 or 2021 and that we don’t yet know if repairing the bridge is feasible. We know the bridge closure has profound implications… [ 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 ]

An Update on Efforts to Stabilize and Shore the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge, While more Information is Needed to Determine Long-term Future

Since we closed the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge on March 23, we’ve been working tirelessly to determine next steps and share that information with everyone who uses and depends on the bridge. Today we want to share what we know as of now and our plans moving forward as part… [ Keep reading ]

Hey West Seattle residents, Thank you!

It’s been over two weeks since we closed West Seattle High-Rise Bridge, and we’re incredibly grateful for how you’ve patiently navigated the closure and begun to adjust to this ongoing challenge. We know that the bridge closure is an inconvenience, especially for those driving who now must travel miles out of your way to get to essential jobs. We understand that the unexpected closure was frustrating,… [ 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 are posted on our website. We share these important reports to give you access to the documents that informed our decisions over the years. What we believe the… [ Keep reading ]