West Seattle and Duwamish Valley Travel Options

Updated: July 19, 2021

NOTICE: While Washington State commerce and in-person activity is authorized to fully reopen starting June 30, the West Seattle High Rise Bridge remains closed. Residents and visitors to the West Seattle peninsula are urged to continue minimizing their travel in the area in order to alleviate increased traffic congestion.

What's New?

This site is regularly updated with ways to travel to, from, and throughout the West Seattle peninsula during bridge closures. Walking, biking, riding transit, ridesharing - or changing your trip to stay local or travel at off-peak times - are all ways people are getting around and helping reduce their impact on communities located along major detour routes. We're here to help connect you with the resources and information you need to do so.

Stay Local: With health mandates lifted across Washington State for in-person activity on June 30, 2021, traffic has significantly increased. Staying local continues to be our best option to keeping detour routes moving and minimizing the already increased pollution, traffic, and noise impacts for people living in Duwamish Valley neighborhoods. If possible, explore closer to home and continue working from home. If it is not possible to stay local, visit our traffic watch map to time your trip during off-peak hours or try transit options below. Visit our drive safe and stay local pages for more information plus accessible transportation options for seniors and people with special transportation needs.

Don't Go Low

The Spokane St. Swing Bridge (Low Bridge) is currently closed to non-authorized vehicles weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you are not authorized to use the Low Bridge, then you will get a $75 citation for every trip across. Help keep the Low Bridge clear for emergency vehicles, transit, and heavy freight. Alternate routes include the 1st Ave S Bridge or South Park Bridge.

Click here for the latest information on access to the Spokane St Swing Bridge (Low Bridge) including who is authorized to use the Low Bridge and how to apply for access.

Ride Transit

Share your support for these vital community services that keep us moving by taking transit this summer. Bus and water taxi is safe and ready for your return, when ready. Take transit to the trails this summer with Trailhead Direct. Please adhere to the CDC's prevention order to wear a mask on all public transportation.

Start a vanpool and get 2 months free

Cut your commute time and save money with Metro Vanpool by gaining access to the SW Spokane St. Bridge (Low Bridge). Through August 2021, King County Metro is offering new vanpoolers the first two months for free.

Free Scooter Rides

Traveling by bike or scooter is a great way to get across the Low Bridge or cover your first/last mile to transit. Lime and LINK are offering free rides for essential workers and people traveling to COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Learn more about bike and scooter share.

Lime Scooters


Link Scooters

Free 30-minute rides for public-health personnel and law enforcement officers. Enroll now. Also, free rides to vaccine appointments; within the app, enter the promo code: SEARIDETORECOVERY

Free e-scooter rides for healthcare, education, public transit, custodial, and food services workers; Enrollment now. Also, free rides to vaccine appointments; Enroll now.