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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: UPDATE: SDOT Inspections Reveal No Harm from Quake

1/30/2009  12:00:00 PM

UPDATE: SDOT Inspections Reveal No Harm from Quake

SEATTLE - Inspections of elevated roadway structures across the city by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) revealed no damage from this morning’s earthquake. The department examined the Ballard, Fremont, University, Spokane Street, Magnolia and Jose Rizal bridges, the Spokane Street and Emerson Street viaducts, and the 15th Avenue NW Interchange.

In addition to visual inspections, SDOT performed test openings on the four movable bridges and found all systems operating correctly. This testing covered the Ballard, Fremont, University and Spokane Street bridges.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is responsible for inspecting the Alaskan Way Viaduct and is already at work on that important elevated structure.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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