An aerial view of the newly rebuilt South Park Bridge. It is set to open June 30.
Rebuilt South Park Bridge will open June 30
Opening ceremony set for June 29 at 3pm
information from King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that the newly constructed South Park Bridge will open June 30. The previous drawbridge, built in 1931, was closed and dismantled in mid-2010 due to safety concerns.
"I made a promise five years ago that we would build a new, safer bridge to connect our industrial heartland to the rest of King County -- and we're ready to deliver," said Executive Constantine. "Not only will this help local manufacturers and family-owned businesses, it will reunite working communities in the Lower Duwamish area."
The new bridge is expected to carry 20,000 vehicles and nearly 3,000 heavy-duty trucks each day. It will also carry an estimated 10 million tons of freight each year, including aerospace parts to local Boeing facilities.
The opening ceremony and celebration will begin at 3 p.m on June 29. The bridge will open the following day.
"The opening of the new South Park Bridge will be a long-awaited community celebration," said King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who represents the area. "This project is a testament to the South Park community and our ability to get things done by working across jurisdictions for a common goal."
The complex construction project required large-scale excavations to lay the foundation and install piers. Each span of the drawbridge was brought in by a massive floating crane, and attached to the bridge with more than 1,000 large bolts. Crews installed more than 750,000 feet of electrical wiring – enough to stretch from South Park to Yakima. It required an estimated 27,600 cubic yards of concrete, enough to fill more than 2,700 concrete trucks.
The new South Park Bridge was engineered to be energy efficient. Even though each drawspan weighs 3 millin pounds, the spans are so precisely balanced that opening the drawbridge requires approximately the same amount of energy needed to drive a Toyota Prius.