King County’s Department of Transportation will be closing the South Park Bridge daily from 7am to 7pm beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10th, and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 13th.
Workers will be conducting a “test pile operation,” and closure of the structure will be required. The 78-year old bridge is suffering from deterioration, and needs to be replaced.
In technical terms though, King County’s website clears it all up by saying that it’s going to…
Conduct a NEPA/SEPA EIS to study design and construction alternatives for the bridge.
The EIS will include an historical resource survey and documentation.
Conduct engineering design of the preferred bascule bridge alternative. Bridge replacement will follow the EIS and design if construction funding for this project is secured.
King County says they’re doing this work because the condition of the bridge “warrants major rehabilitation or replacement.”
If you’ve ever driven over it, or passed under it, we’re sure you’ll agree.