After four-year closure, South Park Bridge reopens

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 8:40 AM

SEATTLE -- The South Park Bridge officially reopened to traffic on Monday at 6 a.m. The original bridge, built in 1931, was closed and dismantled in 2010 due to safety concerns.
 
The community is celebrating the completion of the new South Park Bridge. Many watched as the bridge was lowered during a special ceremony Sunday afternoon. 
 
“You invest in your community and infrastructure and you have a celebration like today that will live on past all of us," said U.S Senator Patty Murray. 
 
Senator Murray, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and King County Executive Dow Constantine were just a few of the lawmakers at the ceremony.
 
The new bridge cost just over $160 million, according to the county. The county expects the bridge to carry 20,000 vehicles and 3,000 heavy-duty trucks each day.
 
When the original bridge closed, community members said it impacted local businesses. It also added time and distance to their morning commute.

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