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The new look for the South Park Bridge after a transmission pump broke on Sat. morning. The closure is expected to last until Tuesday. Photo by Tim Clifford.

South Park Bridge closed, stuck in “up” position

By Tim Clifford

On the morning of Feb.21 the South Park Bridge, which crosses the Duwamish at 16th Ave. S., became stuck in the “up” or open position after a transmission pump broke. The closure is expected to continue until Tues. Feb. 24 at the earliest.
When dispatchers with Seattle DOT were contacted for comment one referred to the break down as a “mechanical failure” and commented that little information was available at this time. “I really don’t know of any ETA [estimated time of arrival] on that one,” said the dispatcher of when repairs would be finished and the bridge operational again.

Signs for detours have been placed directing motorists to the 1st Ave. South Bridge. This route is the same detour that was used during the four years of construction leading up to the bridge’s reopening last June.

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