West Seattle Bridge reopens after collisions prompt closure

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 6:55 PM

Traffic on the West Seattle Bridge came to a halt Monday afternoon in both directions after cars started sliding on freshly applied de-icer.

Just as tens of thousands of fans started making their way toward downtown Seattle for the Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field, Seattle police and city DOT workers scrambled to shut down the West Seattle viaduct.

In an effort to get ahead of the afternoon and evening's storm, the city had sent anti-icer trucks out to the bridge while the skies were clear and the roads were dry.

The liquid compound, however, turned slick as oil and the sheen left a blinding shine. Tow trucks had to be called in to clean up the mess.

There were no reports of injuries. The most serious damage was done to some of the jersey barriers. By late Monday afternoon, SDOT quickly knocked them back into place.

By 3:30 p.m., both directions of the West Seattle Bridge were reopened.

 

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