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Monday, June 30, 2014

The New South Park Bridge Is Open... Now!

Posted by on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

After four years and $134 million, South Park has a new drawbridge. It opens to traffic at 6 am this morning and is expected to carry 20,000 vehicles a day. At a pre-opening celebration yesterday, Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott praised Senator Patty Murray for securing federal support for the bridge and said this is what's called an earmark.


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delirian 1
I'm guessing that Charles Mudede is getting drunk to numb the pain right now.
Posted by delirian on June 30, 2014 at 6:35 AM · Report this
fletc3her 2
And blown up again in a tragic fireworks accident. See you in four years.
Posted by fletc3her on June 30, 2014 at 6:48 AM · Report this
Because cars!
Posted by Porque los coches on June 30, 2014 at 6:50 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 4
What's down in South Park these days? I used to go there to visit Second Use quite frequently, but they moved.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on June 30, 2014 at 6:54 AM · Report this
fletc3her 5
The "earmark" comment is really galling. Yes, Patty brings home the bacon, but all that means is that she used her clout to go around the normal highway funding process. This bridge opens, but probably at the expense of some other bridge which is more necessary or in poor repair. I would rather all the funds were distributed by a non-political board based on objective criteria. But, we live in this country rather than one run by grown-ups.
Posted by fletc3her on June 30, 2014 at 7:03 AM · Report this
California Kid 6
@5 this bridge was plenty necessary. Ask anyone that lives in South Park
Posted by California Kid on June 30, 2014 at 7:42 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 7
@ 6 beat me to it. The new bridge was needed 15 years ago.
Posted by Matt from Denver on June 30, 2014 at 7:44 AM · Report this
Bridge to South Park?

We must have!

Main artery through downtown?

Tear it down!
Posted by Because Mexicans! on June 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM · Report this
I'm goin' down to South Park, gonna have myself a time.
Friendly faces everywhere, humble folks without temptation.
I'm goin' down to South Park, gonna leave my woes behind.
Ample parking day or night, people spouting: "Howdy, neighbor!"
I'm headin' down to South Park, gonna see if I can't unwind.
So come on down to South Park, and meet some friends of mine.
Posted by Less Carpools on June 30, 2014 at 8:23 AM · Report this
@6 The bridge is right in the middle of the most important manufacturing center in Washington (including Boeing), which I assume was the main motivation for replacement rather than the wishes of South Park residents.
Posted by anon1256 on June 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 11
Why would Charles be upset about the South Park Bridge?
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on June 30, 2014 at 8:32 AM · Report this
@11, it re-enforces car culture.
Posted by ChefJoe on June 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Never forget that this bridge would have been rebuilt years before now, if Mike Fucking McGinn and Mike Fucking O'Brien and the Sierra Fucking Club hadn't scuttled the 2007 RTID election, because CARS. Because ROADS.
Posted by Traffic will ROLL, bitches on June 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 14
why are mah tax dollarz bein' spent on faurwurks! taxed enough already! impeach Obama!
Posted by Max Solomon on June 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM · Report this
@13 slog has no problem with roads, bridges etc if they involve Mexicans and a few taco stands going out of business.
Posted by Speedy Gonzalez on June 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Wait, where the bicycle lanes?

Posted by Because cars! on June 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Call me Scott 17
RE: Hobby Lobby and Harris v. Quinn . . . This anti-woman, anti-trade union crowd is also the anti-teacher, anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-immigrant bunch. Watch "The Act of Killing" to see where they'll take us.
Posted by Call me Scott on June 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM · Report this
I'm happy the new South Park bridge is finally open, but I'm not celebrating. If this bridge had been anywhere else in the region -- say over the Ship Canal in north Seattle -- it would have been funded and rebuilt years ago.

But in that Bermuda triangle of south Seattle, Tukwila, and King County, the need was ignored. It took a full shutdown of the old dilapidated bridge to finally push elected officials into action. Because of their neglect, the area went four years with no bridge, something that never should've happened.

Praise them today at the opening of the bridge they delayed? Not from me.
Posted by RDPence on June 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
"the area went four years with no bridge, something that never should've happened."

But....but....drivers should adapt!

No doubt, like Slog, you also support eliminating 99 through downtown because cars!
Posted by Bridge to a Taco Stand on June 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM · Report this
How come Slog is only pro-road and car only when it involves moving Mexicans and the occasional rapist around?
Posted by Stinko de Mayo on June 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
@6: If we lived without it for four years how can you say this bridge was "necessary?"

I can see where it is a convenience for South Park residents who might save a few miles a day, but at a cost of $134 million?
Posted by bigyaz on June 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM · Report this
@21 suddenly Slog thinks moving cars and freights on our roads is important. The hypocrisy is delicious.
Posted by Bridge to Mexico on June 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM · Report this
@21: Because Boeing, you stupid bastard.
Posted by Traffic will roll, bitches on June 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM · Report this
Seriously, people. This bridge has been an important link in our regional transportation system of surface streets in Seattle since the 1920s! Its four-year closure added to driving times for tens of thousands of people and clogged other roadways with diverted traffic (the First Avenue South Bridge was the worst hit). It's great that Dow and the County got this done.
Posted by J.R. on June 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM · Report this

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