Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Why must they close the bridge?

Bridge closures piss us off.  Am I right?  Even when I know, by accessing my frontal lobe, that bridge repairs require bridge closures -- I still tend to have quicker access to my reptilian brain - which tells me that any bridge closure is a threat to my life. 

So why does the bridge have to close!?  Please, help me to understand! Paint me a picture!   Actually, photos are even better.   So a big "Thank you!" goes out to the Washington State Department of Transportation.  They have begun adding photos to their "driver alert" information.  The photos show actual damages requiring the dreaded bridge closures.  Photos are good -- they help me to understand what is not easy to understand -- such as why I can't get off I-5 and cross the bridge :(   After all, I must cross the bridge to get home, and if I am on I-5, I must have a way to get off I-5 and get on to the bridge, n'est-ce pas? (or “Capisce" -- since I'm Sicilian).  

If you have ever tried to read the WSDOT's website for road closure projects, then you know they are helpful but a bit convoluted.

Now that there are photos -- ahhhhh, much better!

Here is an example:

Here is the latest advisory, in case you are not aware -- it may impact your weekend plans:

August 20, 2013
  • Driver alert: The northbound I-5 ramp to upper S. Spokane St./West Seattle Bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26 for paving work.