Mark your calendars with a big, fat pen that writes in sparkles + glitter. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced that the West Seattle Bridge will open on Sun. Sept. 18 — officially ending more than two years of repairs to the infrastructure. Huzzah.
From the outside, the bridge won’t look all that much different than before— but a recent glimpse of its guts showed 46 miles of steel cables installed. Pretty cool, right? That should keep the ol’ guy pretty fit for about the next half century. 🦺
But immediate impacts of the reopening include:
- Fewer traffic jams with removal of detour signs — all restrictions will be lifted on the lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge as well
- Red bus lane reopening toward downtown
- New exit signs listing more West Seattle roads
- Smoother four-lane Fauntleroy Way road
- Huge sighs of relief
Keep an eye out on SDOT’s blog for updates as we get closer to our September to remember.