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kkt:
Perhaps it'll be enough to pay for retrofitting the high level bridge.

jakeroot:

--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda on February 18, 2021, 11:07:46 PM ---Absolutely ridiculous. Open it up to regularly vehicles. Gotta find a way to make up for that shortfall I guess.

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The detour adds a good 15 minutes, but the traffic delays from squeezing all those cars over the lower bridge may very well exceed that detour. It's better to reserve the capacity of the lower bridge for the most important vehicles, like emergency vehicles, trucks, and buses.

I also think the First Ave South Bridge opens a bit less.

Bruce:

--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda on February 18, 2021, 11:07:46 PM ---Absolutely ridiculous. Open it up to regularly vehicles. Gotta find a way to make up for that shortfall I guess.

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The lower bridge is only one lane per direction and is not well-suited to handling normal traffic. Keeping buses and freight moving is far more important, and there are alternatives that only take 20 minutes at worst (from what I've experienced in my dozens of trips to and from the peninsula since July).

Plutonic Panda:
Update to the repair project:


--- Quote --- The final phase of repairs to the Seattle's busiest bridge closed for over a year after rapidly growing cracks were found is set to begin this year.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has chosen Kraemer North America for the estimated $48 million West Seattle Bridge project, which is expected to be completed in mid-2022.
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- https://www.equipmentworld.com/better-roads/article/15065665/seattles-busiest-bridge-repairs-to-begin-this-year

Plutonic Panda:
Update:


--- Quote --- The winning contractor to construct final repairs for the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge and Spokane Street Swing Bridge will be Kraemer North America.

Kraemer had the best-scoring proposal based on technical merit, total price and interview, according to documents.

The high rise bridge has been closed since March 2020 and an extended process was undertaken to determine whether to repair or replace the damaged 36-year-old structure.
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- https://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/west-seattle-bridge-to-be-reconstructed-by-kraemer-na/53000

INFRA grant awarded:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/feds-award-11-2-million-for-west-seattle-bridge-repairs/%3Famp%3D1

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