Two post-reopening notes from West Seattle Bridge tonight:
TRAFFIC STATISTICS: While talking with the West Seattle Transportation Coalition at tonight’s WSTC meeting, new SDOT director Greg Spotts shared some traffic stats from the first few days after reopening. He said traffic on the bridge on Monday and Tuesday was 66% of the comparable days before closing. Low deck volumes have been halved. Traffic on detour routes is down 30-50%. But some other streets saw an increase, Spotts said, such as 35th SW — at 35th/Raymond, traffic was up 12%.
NIGHT LANE CLOSURES: SDOT had said there would still be work going on after the reopening, and in recent nights there has been work that has led to lane closures on the bridge. joseph sent this photo noting that the inside lane was closed in each direction.
We asked what was being done specifically. Here is the response from the SDOT spokesperson Ethan Bergerson:
These single-lane nighttime closures should allow crews to complete the installation of the lighting for the inspection platforms inside the bridge. We won’t be doing any more closings this week and plan to do similar overnight work next week.
Once the lighting installation is complete, we will use these new inspection platforms to monitor the structure over the months and years to come. Most routine inspections will not require lane closures.