Traffic headed east on as the construction of the West Seattle Bridge was underway. Events to commemorate it's opening are underway and will continue this summer.

West Seattle Bridge construction celebrated with a series of summer events

30 years ago the dream of driving across a bridge to West Seattle without interruption (well as least most of the time) became a reality when the upper level West Seattle Bridge was built. It has led to many changes in the community, some of which are only happening recently. To commemorate this event, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and other West Seattle businesses are collaborating with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society to create a series of 30th anniversary events this summer called "Bridging the Gap"!

The events kick off at 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Hotwire with an exhibit of photos telling the story of the West Seattle Bridge.The event also marks the debut of a 30th anniversary "Bridging the Gap" T-shirt, based on the original design and manufactured at Seattle Logo Pro (owned by David Groves) in the Junction. Graphic artist David Kelliher, who created the design for Robinson Newspapers and the West Seattle Herald in 1984, will be on hand to sign the T-shirts, and Hotwire's "Bridge Blend" coffee beans will debut the same night. A portion of proceeds from sale of the T-shirts and coffee beans will go to our historical society. The T-shirts also will be on sale at West5 Lounge in the Junction as well as at the historical society's "Birthplace of Seattle" Log House Museum.

Other events:

-- Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13, 2014, West Seattle Summerfest booth, featuring interactive art in which visitors can color themselves atop the West Seattle Bridge. "Bridging the Gap" T-shirts and "Bridge Blend" coffee beans also will be available at the booth.

-- Monday evening, July 14, 2014, "Bridging the Gap: The Full Story Told by Those Who Were There," a free panel presentation in the Hotwire courtyard, including Charles Royer, former Seattle mayor and other city officials responsible for funding and building the bridge.

-- Saturday evening, Aug. 2, 2014, "Sleepless in Seattle," the 1993 PG-rated movie partially filmed in West Seattle, dusk in the Hotwire courtyard, part of West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Proceeds from refreshment sales will go to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

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