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Emerson Street Bridge closed for two months this summer

April 24th, 2014 · 6 Comments

By reporter Steven Smalley
Long hot summer anyone? Dates are not set for a repaving project on the West Emerson Street bridge, just over 15th near the Ballard Bridge, guaranteed to lock up traffic on Dravus, one suspects.
The concrete deck is worn and cracked and a damaged girder must be replaced, says a Seattle Department of Transportation spokeswoman. “The start date has not yet been set, but we plan to begin the work later in the summer,” she writes.
Although the entire project will go longer, they expect the bridge closure to last two months.
“The structure of the Emerson Street Bridge is in good condition and has been seismically retrofit, however the deck must be repaved and the girder replaced to prolong the life of the bridge,” she explains.
As one famous man said, “My, oh my.”

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  • Keith S.

    Is there a project page on the SDOT web site that talks about this? A link to the source would be nice so we residents in the north end can follow it.

    • Steven Smalley

      SDOT was not ready to roll out this info. We moved it up a bit with our inquiries. Not sure there is a link.

      • Keith S.

        Cool. Thanks!

  • MrObvious

    Dates are not set for a repaving project on the West Emerson Street bridge, just over 15th near the Ballard Bridge, guaranteed to lock up traffic on Dravus, one suspects.

    • D E

      Dravus is already a mess. The lights at 15 seem to be very out-of-whack and not enough cars get through. Could this be because of the panhandlers who sit on the corner pressing the crosswalk button?

  • J W

    Just in time for bus service reduction!