Initial work on the Seattle Bridge is complete

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The initial emergency stabilization of the West Seattle Bridge is complete, paving the way for the next phase of repairs expected to occur later this year.

Stabilization work included installing nearly 10 miles of steel cable inside hollow areas of the bridge to reinforce it's tension system along with additional measures to strengthen the bridge. A system was installed to monitor any future crack growth.

The high-rise bridge closed in March 2020 after engineers discovered cracks had grown quickly in just a few weeks. Emergency work began immediately to prevent further cracking while city leaders worked to determine whether the aging bridge would be repaired or replaced.

Ultimately, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the city would repair the bridge. It is expected to reopen to traffic as early as mid-2022.

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