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Emergency closure for lower Spokane Street 'Swing' Bridge may last a week or more Skip to main content June 20, 2018|77 °F Cloudy Search Search Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattlePolice BlotterBallardHighlineWest SeattleCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleTrafficWest SeattleDwellHealthMoneyOpinion Recent Articles Emergency closure for lower Spokane Street 'Swing' Bridge may last a week or more SeaTac public works projects update 6-20-18 South Seattle College celebrates 2018 graduating class West Seattle Traffic Cameras - Current traffic conditions Morgan Junction park expansion needs your input; Take the online survey Burien City Council discusses renters’ rights and hotel development if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Trending Emergency closure for lower Spokane Street 'Swing' Bridge may last a week or more SeaTac public works projects update 6-20-18 South Seattle College celebrates 2018 graduating class West Seattle Traffic Cameras - Current traffic conditions Morgan Junction park expansion needs your input; Take the online survey Burien City Council discusses renters’ rights and hotel development Emergency closure for lower Spokane Street 'Swing' Bridge may last a week or more Emergency closure for lower Spokane Street 'Swing' Bridge may last a week or more if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } The lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge in the open position, The bridge must remain in this position, closed to car traffic for a week or more as repairs are made to a leaking cylinder seat. Wed, 06/20/2018 Thanks to a bridge safety alarm system, the Seattle Department of Transportation reported today that their bridge operators discovered a hydraulic fluid leak on the Spokane St Swing Bridge (aka West Seattle Low-Level Bridge). To protect the safety of travelers and mitigate potentially costly cumulative damages, they will be conducting emergency repairs starting at 8 PM tonight, 6/20/18. The bridge will swing out of commission for a week or more and will be closed to vehicle traffic but open to marine vessels. Lower Spokane Street Bridge Cylinder Seat- Photo courtesy SDOTThe leak is in one of the cylinder seals, shown above. To determine the extent of the damage, the bridge must be swung out in its open position and remain there during inspection and repairs.  Detour Routes: Our team is currently placing portable message signs on S Spokane St, east of E Marginal, facing WB traffic; the message to vehicle drivers: “SPOKANE | BRIDGE | CLOSED WEST OF | HARBOR | ISLAND” Vehicle Detour Routes will begin at 8 PM and be clearly marked at the following locations: Chelan Ave SW 1st Ave S E Marginal Harbor    Bike Riders: For tonight only, we are providing van service for bike riders. Van service will stage at the approaches to and from Spokane St Swing Bridge. Our Bridges & Roadway Structures crews staff the City’s moving bridges 24/7. Bridge Operations and Maintenance Manager, Paul Jackson, said a leak unnoticed could cause increasing and eventually severe structural damage. “Our bridge tenders don’t just sit in a tower—they inspect everything closely—over, and over again. I’m proud of them, though we all realize the repair work will cause significant traffic delays, we’re happy to have found the problem while it may still be small.” – Paul Jackson It’s hoped the repair will be complete by the middle of next week, but that cannot be confirmed until the cylinder is opened and more thoroughly investigated for damage. Contact SDOT Have a question or want more information? Visit their Bridges page or contact their Bridges and Roadway Structures manager, Paul Jackson, by email at paul.jackson@seattle.gov or phone 206.684.8325. Robinson Papers West Seattle Herald Add new comment Your name Comment About text formats CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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