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Construction update #34

South Park Bridge back in action – project amenities almost completed

Oct. 8, 2014

In case you missed it: The new South Park Bridge Grand Bridge Opening was held on June 29, 2014 with great fanfare! Speeches, fireworks and a parade as only South Park can host, celebrated the opening of this long awaited bridge. Live bands, art displays, Lucha Libre, and food and drink made for a festive day! Enjoy a slideshow of photos from the day taken by King County photographer Ned Ahrens.

King County Executive Dow Constantine kicks off the celebration
King County Executive Dow Constantine kicks off the celebration.

Fireworks signal the lowering of the bridge spans!
Fireworks signal the lowering of the bridge spans!

Huge crowd on hand for the festivities
Huge crowd on hand for the festivities.

The South Park Business Association leads the parade with an impressive float
The South Park Business Association leads the parade with an impressive float.

The start of a hundred year bridge life - 6 am, June 30, 2014
The start of a hundred year bridge life - 6 a.m., June 30, 2014.

The new link to Georgetown, SODO and downtown is open for business!
The new link to Georgetown, SODO and downtown is open for business!

Construction underway on salvaged gear display from old bridge
Construction underway on salvaged gear display from old bridge.

Rain garden will feature four platforms with interpretive signs
Rain garden will feature four platforms with interpretive signs.

Railing surrounding platforms is being built at local fabrication shop
Railing surrounding platforms is being built at local fabrication shop.

In October, you can expect to see more activity in the rain garden as crews construct the elevated platforms and decorative railings. Crews also will install the final salvaged gear set at the corner of Dallas Avenue South and 14 Avenue South.

Other work will take place within the bridge piers such as painting and mechanical fine tuning. Touch up exterior painting and the installation of bird control devices will also take place. Once this work is complete, we expect to open South Orr Street to traffic,  likely in November. We want you to be able to walk under the bridge and come out the other side clean!

Looking to November, we expect to open the pathway through the rain garden to pedestrians with interpretive signs in place.

The construction staging area between Dallas Avenue South and South Orr Street is getting cleaned up with the removal of the field office. This area will be temporarily used in the near term to support a river cleanup effort upstream of the bridge.

Last but not least, Tim Lane has announced his retirement from King County. His last day with us will be Oct. 20. For those of you in South Park who have gotten to know Tim over the last several, you likely share our love and respect for him. It’s hard to say goodbye. If you would like to wish him well, you can email him directly before Oct. 22 at tim.lane@kingcounty.gov.

For more information please contact DeAnna Martin, community relations planner, King County Department of Transportation, via email or at 206-477-3835.

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King County Department of Transportation
DeAnna Martin
201 S. Jackson St.,
KSC-TR-0824
Seattle, WA 98104-3856
Voice: 206-477-3835
TTY relay: 711