The West Seattle Bridge has been closed for two years now, ever since cracks were discovered in March 2020. This has turned West Seattleites into unwilling islanders, since the West Seattle Bridge is the primary connection to the rest of the greater Seattle area and has historically been the city’s most-used bridge. For the past two years, getting to and from West Seattle has involved lengthy detours and traffic snarls.
Seattle Department of Transportation originally said the bridge would reopen sometime in mid-2022. This had many hoping for a summer reopening date. Unfortunately, the most recent announcement from Seattle DOT is that it will be a little longer. The West Seattle Bridge is now expected to reopen the week of September 12, 2022.
Read on for all the updates on the West Seattle Bridge reopening!
The 38-year-old West Seattle Bridge was closed in March 2020 after the discovery of the cracked span. Since then, a regional concrete strike has extended the timeline for repairs. The essential step of pouring concrete to strengthen the bridge was meant to happen at the beginning of the year, but wasn’t started until mid-April due to the strike. Now that the concrete has been poured, some final essential repair work remains.
The announcement of the September reopening date for the bridge did come with a disclaimer. SDOT program manager Heather Marx said that the September date is the goal, but that unforeseen complications could extend the timeline (as we saw with the concrete strike). These could include anything from weather issues to supply chain challenges.
Here’s hoping that the West Seattle Bridge will reopen during the week of September 12, or by the end of September at the very latest. The residents of Seattle’s southwest peninsula have had a long wait already.