King County Department of Transportation, Road Services Division
Repairs to a transmission pump that caused the South Park Bridge to close for several hours Saturday are now being completed by the bridge contractor. Upon closer inspection, engineers determined that repairs can be made locally. Once repairs are complete, the pump will be reconnected to the drive shaft. That work is expected to take a day or two and can be completed while the bridge continues to be open to vehicle traffic. At this point, engineers do not believe the work will result in significant traffic delays.
In the meantime, adjustments have been made that allow for the bridge to operate under auxiliary power – which means the bridge spans can still be raised and lowered to accommodate marine traffic. The raising and lowering of the bridge just may take a bit longer than normal.
King County appreciates your patience as it works to complete repairs.