SDOT publishes analysis of “modes of failure” for West Seattle Bridge

Last week SDOT released a consulting engineer’s report that answers the question, “if the West Seattle Bridge were to fail, how exactly would it fail?” The department asked the question to help it plan for emergency procedures — including an evacuation of nearby areas — if it determined that a failure were imminent. While a failure of the West Seattle Bridge would likely not be quite the spectacle that the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was, according to the engineers’ analysis it would still be a sight.

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Legal challenge to Seattle’s Uber drivers collective bargaining ordinance ends

Yesterday the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Uber, and the City of Seattle jointly agreed to end the lawsuit challenging the city’s ordinance granting Uber and Lyft drivers certain collective-bargaining rights, and this morning the judge overseeing the case officially dismissed it. This ends the case’s complex, three-year journey through the court system.

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West Seattle Bridge inspection reports shed light on issues and response

On Tuesday, SDOT released about a dozen internal inspection reports and other documents related to the cracking in the West Seattle Bridge that led to its sudden closure. Taken together, the documents paint a better picture of the origins of the cracking and how the department has responded since it first became aware of serious cracks in the structure in 2013. SCC Insight also interviewed SDOT’s Bridge Group Supervisor Matt Donahue this morning, who filled in more details.

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