There was a debate on replacing the bridge with a new one which could take 15-40 years and cost up to $522 million. Mayor Jenny Durkan has to repair the bridge as this process will be cheaper and will take less time than replacement.
Since then, 10 miles of steel cables have been installed, wrapping many portions of the bridge in carbon fiber for emergency reinforcement, and fixing a deformed bearing in one of the support piers.
The main focus will be on filling cracks, adding carbon wraps, and strengthening two segments of the bridge.
Installation of a long-term bridge monitoring system will take place. It will check the structural integrity of the bridge and ensure that no further problem arises. The intermediate design milestone is ready, and the department is working on the final design. After that, the last phase of construction can begin, which will lead to the reopening of the bridge in mid-2022.