Damaged anchor cable found on SR 520 Bridge

SEATTLE -- State work crews have discovered a damaged anchor cable on the State Route 520 Bridge, but the loss of one cable does not put the span at risk, the Washington State Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

The damaged cable was found Tuesday on the north side of the westernmost pontoon, WSDOT said in a news release.

The department said the loss of one cable does not put the bridge at risk because of safety redundancy built into the cable and anchor system. The operation of the bridge will not be restricted, it said, and repairs can be conducted "with no impact to the traveling public."

A repair plan is being developed and work could begin as soon as Friday, WSDOT said.