Seattle bridge repair effort advances, bridge future unclear

SEATTLE (AP) — Workers have managed to attach two large platforms to the underside of a damaged Seattle commuter bridge. But officials still don’t know whether the repairs they are set to start will permanently fix the bridge or not. The West Seattle Bridge that links the West Seattle neighborhood with the rest of the city has been closed since March after officials said cracks in its underside grew. The bridge may need to be replaced. KOMO-TV reports the platforms were erected to allow crews to begin stabilization work. Officials are expected to decide by October whether to repair or replace the bridge.