New South Park Bridge gets its first leaf

Another milestone for the new South Park Bridge! The drawspan’s south leaf went in this week, which we might not have realized until Bill Pease mentioned it on the Yahoo! e-mail list. For context, here’s the rendering of what the finished bridge is supposed to look like:

Three years and three months have passed since King County closed the old bridge because of safety concerns; King County’s current estimate for bridge completion: Spring of next year. Here’s a look at the bridge deck from the current roadblock on 14th at Dallas:

And here’s a wider view of the section with the newly installed leaf:

Meantime, here’s a view sent by West Seattle photographer/pilot Long Bach Nguyen just before the leaf went in:

We haven’t checked with the county yet, but it’s reported the other leaf is just a couple weeks away.

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