King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the closure of the West Seattle Bridge by the Seattle Department of Transportation:
“After learning today that the Seattle Department of Transportation was indefinitely closing the West Seattle Bridge due to structural concerns, I directed King County Metro to immediately begin planning alternate routes on both sides of the Duwamish, and to increase frequency of and connections to the King County Water Taxi.
With commuters taking seriously our public health directives to stay at home, we will use this moment to plan for the rebound. As a lifelong West Seattleite, I know how difficult it can be for the 80,000 or so of us on the peninsula when connections with the rest of the region are interrupted. We will do everything in our power to make sure West Seattle has strong transit alternatives during bridge repair.”