West Seattle's low bridge to close for 9 days for maintenance

Later this month, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be closing the Spokane Street Swing Bridge in West Seattle for more than a week for multiple upgrades. 

From April 19-28, the low bridge will be closed to drivers, bicyclist and pedestrians. Officials have not released times of when the bridge will close and reopen.  

When the West Seattle Bridge was closed for two and a half years, SDOT crews proactively took measures to preserve the lower bridge through multiple projects. 

In the next year, SDOT plans to make upgrades to the bridge. 

Spokane St Swing Bridge

The Spokane St Swing Bridge swings open for maritime traffic to pass.  (Seattle Department of Transportation)

In October, crews completed the structural rehabilitation project as a preventive measure to ensure the bridge will continue to support vehicles and heavy freight in the years ahead. 

For the April closure, crews plan to reroute the control tower wires from the high bridge to a new conduit beneath the West Duwamish Waterway. This connects to the motors that open and close the bridge. 

SDOT is warning drivers there will be some congestion on the high bridge. 

Options for getting around

  • Riding the bus: SDOT says riding the bus is a reliable option. It will go onto the West Seattle Bridge.
  • Water taxi: There is a direct service to downtown Seattle seven days a week. The taxi also accommodates up to 26 bikes. 
  • Driving/carpooling on West Seattle Bridge: During the time of the closure, the high bridge will remain open for drivers. 
  • Walking, biking or rolling: Pedestrians and cyclists cannot use the high bridge, but there are several ways to get around. Buses will accommodate people who are walking, biking and rolling.

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