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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Spokane St Swing Bridge during I-5 lane closures

8/8/2007  4:15:00 PM

City to Give Weekday A.M. Motorists Over Southwest Spokane Street Swing Bridge Priority During I-5 Lane Closures
Larger marine traffic will have to wait

(Seattle) – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will keep the Southwest Spokane Street Swing Bridge (low bridge) over the Duwamish River in place for weekday morning peak period traffic while a section of I-5 northbound is closed between S Spokane Street and I-90. In accordance with federal regulations, the city normally opens the bridge on demand for larger marine traffic traveling along the river.

SDOT, however, successfully petitioned the Coast Guard to keep the bridge closed to maintain constant for motor vehicle traffic flow on Spokane Street from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays while the section of I-5 northbound is closed for maintenance. Keeping the Swing Bridge closed during the weekday morning peak period should help ease anticipated traffic congestion on area surface streets, and assist Port of Seattle container traffic.

The weekday morning peak hour marine traffic restriction will remain in place from August 13 through August 29. Swing Bridge operations during the afternoon peak period and on weekends are not affected. The Swing Bridge will open for marine traffic as usual on weekends and at times other than weekday mornings.

The Southwest Spokane Street Swing Bridge will return to normal operations on August 30.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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