Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A Tale of Two Bridges: Part 2

A Tale of Two Bridges:  Part 2
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Well, I lied. There are actually two bridges in this photo alone, so with the one in yesterday's that makes 3 bridges. The blue colored bridge below packed with waiting traffic is one of the busiest draw bridges in the world, the Fremont Bridge that opens for boat traffic along the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The upper-most bridge in this shot is the Aurora Bridge, officially named the George Washington Memorial Bridge. It is currently undergoing a seismic retrofit that should be completed next year. Unfortunately, this graceful span is associated with hundreds of tragic deaths since it was built in the 1930s, most from suicide. There have been over 50 in the past decade alone despite installation of prevention call boxes and compassionate signage. Governor Gregoire allotted 1.4 million dollars from the 2007 budget to install a suicide prevention barrier which was completed in February. Hopefully it will substantially reduce the likelihood of further jumping attempts. In 1998 an articulated metro bus like the one you see in the photo plunged off the side and onto an apartment house below after the bus driver was killed by a passenger. Such a horrific history for a bridge that seems here to top even the Olympic Mountains.


Chrissy Brand said...

What a stunning, atmospheric shot, Seattle has long been on my list of must visit places...


lytha said...

what a wonderful perspective this is - like the mountains are not even across the water!

i have not seen the wall yet, my lasta visit home was january.

Anonymous said...

I liked the overall view. Nice shot.

Deb said...

Hey, I've just discovered your blog and I got shocked! it's completely amazing! :) I live a bit far from there, Canary Islands/Spain! but even so I'm a Seattle lover.. I've never been to but I'd like to go there since I can. I like the landscapes very much and the home-like atmosphere it all has. Beautiful shots and nice blog! Glad to have found you! :) : )


Kim said...

Chrissy, Lytha, Abe, and Deb, thank you so much for your kind comments. Seattle is such an amazing and beautiful place to be and to photograph. I'm glad the shots are enjoyable for you!