West Seattle Bridge has been closed for a year

SEATTLE — The West Seattle Bridge shut down a year ago Tuesday.

The announcement was fueled by severe safety concerns.

The past 365 days have been anything but easy for commuters, who cannot drive on the high bridge, and can only drive on the low bridge from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The bridge was the city’s most used, taking on an average of 100,000 vehicles each day.

According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, cracks on the center part of the high bridge were growing rapidly.

To prevent a catastrophic collapse, drivers could no longer use the bridge.

In July 2020, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan declared the situation an emergency.

In November, the decision was made to rehabilitate the cracking structure instead of replacing it. The cost of the project is an estimated $175 million.

Phase 1, stabilization, is complete. The next phase will be rehabilitation. 30% of the rehabilitation design is complete and the hunt for a contractor is under way.

Construction on the high bridge is set to end by the middle of 2022.

The bridge will reopen a few weeks after the repairs are completed.