Unauthorized use of the Low Bridge will result in a $75 fine

Jan 11 2021, 8:27 pm

The City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be issuing $75 citations to those using the Low Bridge to West Seattle from 5 am and 9 pm without proper authorization.

SDOT is urging Seattleites to use alternate routes when traveling to and from West Seattle as they’re trying to keep the bridge clear for emergency vehicles as well as transit and heavy freight.

Authorized trips over the low bridge include transit, traveling in a vanpool, walking, rolling, riding a scooter, or biking.

Alternate routes for traffic include the 1st Ave S Bridge or South Park Bridge.

A subcommittee of the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force is helping SDOT implement photo enforcement and is discussing ways to expand and restrict the authorized user pool to keep traffic flowing.

The automated photo enforcement system will turn on, on January 11, 2021, and will take pictures of license plates when vehicles cross the Low Bridge between 5 am and 9 pm each day in both directions.

To protect privacy, the cameras will only record vehicle license plates and not the people inside the car. Photos are only intended to enforce restrictions on the Low Bridge and are not intended for other law enforcement action.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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