Seattle park closed after gap found between pier and land

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s Waterfront Park has been closed and fenced off after it was discovered that a pier had shifted several inches, creating a gap between the pier and adjacent land. Officials closed the park and the pier until engineers can conduct an in-depth structural analysis. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Monday that the results of the analysis are expected later this week. The problem may have happened after the city constructed a new seawall between 2013 and 2017. The pier is in the process of being replaced. Its design has been approved and construction is expected to start in 2022.