SOUTHWEST SPOKANE STREET BRIDGE–Seattle Sights to see soon, for immigrants and other folk in the area

It’s free! Take a walk or a bike ride (trail map) over the West Duwamish Waterway. If the swing span for boat traffic opens, you will have to stop. You will want to stop anyway. Watch the boat and train traffic below the bridge. Gaze at Mount Rainier to the south and our fair city to the north. 20160814_13295420160814_130827_00120160814_132926_00120160814_132948_002We saw two dozen Canada geese swimming below us on our recent visit.

The concrete bridge opened in 1991. It connects West Seattle and Harbor Island. (Map)

A freighter collided with the original West Seattle Bridge in 1978. The Antonio Chavez hit the bridge in the middle of the night. No one was hurt but the bridge was stuck open.

Now Seattle has two bridges between West Seattle and the rest of the world: the SW Spokane Street Bridge is the smaller, lower bridge which opens for water traffic, and The West Seattle Bridge.

There will be some construction along the route for the next months in 2016.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT VISIT THIS BRIDGE, VISIT A BRIDGE. WHAT DOES IT SPAN? CAN YOU WALK OR RIDE ACROSS IT? TELL US ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Arleen Williams says:

    I love this series, Pam. I plan to use it with my students this fall quarter. Keep them coming!

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  2. Thanks, Arleen! I will figure out how to give them a way to interact. Maybe you will write about using the series in your classroom?

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  3. van chu says:

    Thanks! Arleen and Pam helped we know a lot information?

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    1. Van Church, You are welcome!

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  4. Liban says:

    It’s my first time to go under this bridge. I had fun down there it’s nice

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    1. I like to imagine the river before people were there.

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  5. Mohammed Kareem says:

    i went yesterday to the southwest Spokane street bridge . its beautiful place. but i was scared because it was rains.

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  6. Denh thang says:

    This is my second time came to there,this is wonderful place to walking.

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    1. I agree. It is an interesting place to walk. I have only been there once.

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  7. Susuki cortes says:

    Sounds interesting. I always pass the bridge to go to work but it will be my first time that I will go down and walk there.

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  8. zeinab mohamud says:

    Under the bridge it is beautiful, I-5 highway is on top of the bridge. on the other side is west Seattle bridge. There is a lot of big bridge holders under it. There was a couple of homeless folks there. I went there on Saturday.

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    1. It is a strange place–under and over and between, at the same time.

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  9. Petrita Villada says:

    I aways pass by this bridge but i never stopped to see how beautiful it was. I was surprised by the view

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    1. Our city is full of surprises.

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  10. Diem La says:

    I surprised when i saw this bridge. It had built so meticulous. I never see a perfect bridge like this bridge in Viet Nam. It’s so beautiful.

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    1. Vietnam must have beautiful bridges too.

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  11. Pankaj kumar says:

    Spoken street bridge is very big and beautiful I saw and glade to saw

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