December 2022

Spokane St Swing Bridge remains closed while SDOT repairs machinery damaged after ice storm power outage

Closure for people biking, walking, and driving and freight traffic will last minimum of 2 weeks.

by Ethan Bancroft 

The Spokane St Swing Bridge (Low Bridge) will remain closed for at least two weeks while our crews continue working to repair mechanical issues that intensified after a power outage during the ice storm on Friday, December 23.

Our engineers and crews are working as quickly as possible to develop a repair plan and schedule, and we will update the public as soon as more information is available. The bridge is currently open for maritime traffic and is closed to all vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian travel.

Detour routes:


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High winds on Tuesday mean preparing for power outages

The National Weather Service is predicting high winds from 1pm on Tuesday  through 1am on Wednesday and issued a High Wind Warning. They are predicting gusts up to 55 mph which is likely to cause power outages. Officials recommend that you charge all batteries, offers a comprehensive look at what to do to be prepared.

In brief they say:


UPDATE: Winds knock out power for more than 150 in West Seattle, Now resolved


Power has now been restored.

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High winds took down tree branches and knocked out power for more than 150 customers in West Seattle on Dec.26.The outage is east of California Ave SW, south of SW Holly Street and north of SW Othello. It was not expected to be restored before midnight.

Other smaller outage were also reported around the area.

High winds are expected for Tuesday throughout the morning. 

You can check on the City Light System Status here


Menashe Jewelers hit by attempted smash in robbers

Menashe Jewelers in the West Seattle Junction was hit by a smash in robbery attempt in the early morning hours of Dec. 24. 

They are located at 4532 California Ave SW,

Josh Menashe, partner and son of Jack Menashe said, "We got them on security footage and the police are reviewing it right now. It was a stolen truck and they backed into the front of the store something like 15 times."

It's unclear if anything was actually stolen since they still have have to conduct an inventory now. 

"We will battle back," said Josh. 

Amazingly enough, the store will be open today, but customers are asked to use the alley door. They close at 4pm.


Police survey the damage done. Photo by Apryl Battin



Spokane Street Bridge is closed due to mechanical issues

Bridge will be closed to people walking, biking, and driving until further notice

Information from Seattle Department of Transportation

The Spokane Street Bridge (Low Bridge) remains closed to all travelers as Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews continue to work to diagnose and repair mechanical issues which have caused the Spokane Street Bridge to stay in the open position. The bridge failed to close properly after a power outage was resolved and is stuck in an “open” position late this afternoon. Currently, there is no time estimate of when the bridge will re-open. SDOT advises people who drive, walk, bike, and roll on the low bridge to find alternate routes.


UPDATE: Ice and snow shut down Metro but it will resume at 4pm

All runways temporarily were closed at airport; One now back open

UPDATE 2:25pm

King County Metro Transit will be back in service at 4 p.m. on the Emergency Snow Network.

King County Executive Dow Constantine said, "After a historic ice storm, thank you to crews clearing roads and driving buses to get everyone moving again."

Original Post 7:07am