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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New South Park Bridge to Open June 30!

Posted by on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM

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  • King County

This just in:

King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced that the newly constructed South Park Bridge will open June 30. The previous drawbridge, built in 1931, was closed and dismantled in mid-2010 due to safety concerns. "I made a promise five years ago that we would build a new, safer bridge to connect our industrial heartland to the rest of King County — and we're ready to deliver," said Executive Constantine. "Not only will this help local manufacturers and family-owned businesses, it will reunite working communities in the Lower Duwamish area." The new bridge is expected to carry 20,000 vehicles and nearly 3,000 heavy-duty trucks each day. It will also carry an estimated 10 million tons of freight each year, including aerospace parts to local Boeing facilities.

This is tremendously good news for the people of South Park and the city of Seattle, every citizen of which should celebrate the (re)opening of the bridge by taking advantage of its straight-shot access to the tremendously good Muy Macho Tacqueria.

(Also, while tracking down info on Muy Macho, I Googled "South Park Mexican," and learned about this guy. Eep.)

 

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All the politicians that shamelessly ignored the failing bridge for years will now take credit for running up the bill for replacement instead of repair. Remember Mike McGinn's proclamations about the bridge? It turns out the only thing his office every did for it was issues talking points. He did nothing, and I hope he isn't crass enough to show up either.
Posted by hmmmmm on June 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM · Report this
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It's about fucking time! How long has this contractor milked this job!
Posted by longwayhome on June 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM · Report this
Akbar Fazil 6
Since 5 can't bother to register and get a valid link, here is text from the faq on the bridge:
'The new bridge will meet current structural, seismic, and traffic standards. New bicycle lanes will be built on the roadway shoulders, and sidewalks will be separated from the roadway by a traffic rail.'

I imagine this was the link they wanted to post:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation…
Posted by Akbar Fazil on June 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM · Report this
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Yep, there are bike lanes on the road shoulders. Sorta wish there was more than just paint, but there is a lane at least. Mockup pictures here: http://kingcounty.gov/transportation/Sou…
Posted by RL is so tired on June 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM · Report this
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Let's have a write-up of the restaurants and bars newly accessible via this bridge.
Posted by wxPDX on June 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM · Report this
s.maxim 3
Yay! Now I can get to Loretta's a bit faster ;)
Posted by s.maxim on June 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM · Report this
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does it have bike lanes?
Posted by db206 on June 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM · Report this
Akbar Fazil 1
An hopefully those of us who commute into the city on the 509 will have some alleviated traffic as well.
Posted by Akbar Fazil on June 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this

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