A closer look at the West Seattle Bridge

SEATTLE — U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and the deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation joined a rare tour of the West Seattle Bridge as it undergoes repairs on Wednesday.

KIRO 7 News captured long cracks, some of them filled with epoxy.

The plan is to use long beams that stretch all the way through to reinforce the bridge.

The bridge, which closed in 2020 for repairs, received $12 million in federal funding last summer, bringing the total of federal funds to $38 million.

Officials have said there are no plans to allow more traffic on the lower bridge or to expand the hours for public use.

Seattle Department of Transportation said they will run trucks across the bridge to test it when they’re ready, but that won’t happen until the middle of 2022.