City sets date to reopen West Seattle Bridge

The West Seattle Bridge, which has been closed for more than two years due to detours, delays, hassles, and hand-wringing, could reopen this fall, giving much relief to the long-suffering residents of Seattle's southwest peninsula, which has recently felt more like an island.

The Seattle Department of Transportation said Thursday that ordinary traffic would be allowed to travel over the mouth of the Duwamish River for the first time since spring 2020 during the week of Sept. 12.

The city and members of the community task committee in charge of the process had hoped for a June 30 deadline.

However, the repair timeframe was hindered by a months-long strike by concrete drivers, which also slowed major building projects across the region.

In a statement, Greg Nickels, former Seattle mayor and co-chair of the task committee, stated, "I speak for all when I say that we wish the bridge could open securely, sooner." "However, now that we have a date, we can start organizing our lives around it."

City authorities are modestly hedging their bets, saying that difficulties are inevitable in large-scale construction projects.

"There are things that could effect that timeline in the spirit of transparency," Heather Marx, SDOT's program manager, said in a meeting with the community task committee on Thursday.

Weather, workforce shortages, supply chain concerns, and bridge stability testing are all possibilities.