Emerson overpass to reopen tonight

The Seattle Department of Transportation will reopen the West Emerson overpass to traffic today (Friday, Dec. 19), completing an 11-week repair project. Lanes will reopen following the afternoon/evening commute.

This is the first major repair to the bridge since it first opened in 1959. In less than three months, construction crews have installed a new bridge girder, repaved the entire bridge deck, poured new sidewalks and curbs, installed new bridge expansion joints and performed other repairs to the surrounding sidewalks and roads.

Some additional items of work that are weather-dependent — like permanent road striping — will be scheduled once the weather improves next year; this work will not require another overpass closure, but travelers should expect some lane restrictions and traffic impacts.

For more information on the project, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/15thavewestoverpass.htm.