Exactly 10 months ago – on March 23, 2020 – the city announced this West Seattle Bridge was unsure and would close in hours. At the time, there were concerns that it might be unstable enough to fall apart. Stabilization work followed. SDOT refers to this as “Phase 1 Rehabilitation” in a just published closer look at work completed, including an explanation of what is visible under the bridge:
This graphic was credited to the consultant from SDOT WSPshows, among other things, the screws for the brackets with which the steel cables reinforcing the bridge are “retightened”. Summing up the stabilization work last month, SDOT said 10 miles of these cables had been installed. One of the final tasks completed this month was to coat these brackets according to the new update from SDOT. What’s next? The update has the same schedule that we stated in our coverage of this month Community Task Force Meetings – They are now designing Phase II and expect to hire a contractor in the spring who will start work in the fall. The schedule shown at the CTF meeting suggested completion in mid-2022.