The West Seattle Bridge reopens after a 2.5-year closure
Travel with me back to March 2020, when the pandemic upended all our lives. For West Seattle residents, that month packed a double-whammy, kicking off a 2.5-year closure of their main connection to the rest of the city.
Driving the news: Now, those dark days are over. The West Seattle Bridge reopened Saturday night, dramatically reducing travel time to what lately has felt like a faraway peninsula.
Catch up fast: People celebrated. Politicians held a grand reopening press conference.
- And three breweries collaborated on a special beer to commemorate the occasion, which they aptly dubbed "Reunited IPA."
Context: The massive cracks that prompted the bridge's emergency closure have now been fixed, officials say.
- The repair project so far has cost about $102 million. That includes the cost of establishing detour routes and adding traffic improvements to nearby neighborhoods.
- Of note: The Seattle transportation department says the bridge is historically Seattle's most-used street, carrying more than 100,000 vehicles a day.
The bottom line: You no longer have a good excuse to avoid visiting your West Seattle friends.
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