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June 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

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Celebrating the new South Park Bridge


MADDIE MEYER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Victor Rodriguez, Rafa L-P, from left, Rosario Medina, and Angel Lopez, members of the dance group "Tlalok," perform during the South Park Bridge Grand Opening celebration. After four years with no bridge, the new bridge will open to traffic at 6 a.m. Monday. In a news release, King County Executive Dow Constantine said the "state-of-the-art drawbridge" will reconnect the industrial corridor with communities across the Duwamish River. The bridge is expected to carry 20,000 vehicles and nearly 3,000 heavy-duty trucks each day. The old bridge closed June 30, 2010, because of failing concrete and pilings that weren't sunk into solid footings. The 2001 Nisqually earthquake also caused major damage to the 79 year-old structure.

MADDIE MEYER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Angel Lopez performs with his dance group "Tlalok", which dances in traditional central Mexican style, during the South Park Bridge Grand Opening celebration.

MADDIE MEYER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Harrold Smith talks to his sons Onosa'i, 4, and Jiraiya, 2, while they wait in line to tour the south tower of the South Park Bridge.

MADDIE MEYER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lucha Libre fighters perform during the South Park Bridge Grand Opening celebration

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