Accidental Island Time

The West Seattle Bridge Will Reopen in September. Possibly.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has set a new goal for finishing work on the cracked span.

By Benjamin Cassidy June 10, 2022

An empty West Seattle Bridge

Coming soon: traffic.

Image: Courtesy SDOT

Steel yourselves, accidental islanders: The West Seattle Bridge won't reopen this summer.

Yesterday, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced that it's aiming to wrap up repair work on the cracked span by the week of September 12. That date's a little later than the original "mid-2022" completion timeline floated when major Jenny Durkan opted to rehab, rather than replace, a 38-year-old bridge with a rocky past.

SDOT program manager Heather Marx tied the regional concrete drivers' strike to the bridge reopening delay on Thursday. At a West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting, Marx also stressed that "additional unforeseen challenges" could push back the September 12 target. Bad test or inspection results, worker absences, weather, and, of course, the supply chain could all factor in, she said.

Former mayor Greg Nickels, a West Seattle resident and co-chair of the task force, said he wished the bridge could open sooner. "But we now have a date and can begin planning our lives around it."

In pencil.

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