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Lawmakers seek ideas for improving safety of Aurora Bridge

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State lawmakers are asking transportation officials how to improve safety on Seattle's Aurora Bridge, where a crash between an amphibious Ride the Ducks vehicle and a charter bus Thursday killed four people and injured dozens. State lawmakers are asking transportation officials how to improve safety on Seattle's Aurora Bridge, where a crash between an amphibious Ride the Ducks vehicle and a charter bus Thursday killed four people and injured dozens.
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State lawmakers are asking transportation officials how to improve safety on Seattle's Aurora Bridge, where a crash between an amphibious Ride the Ducks vehicle and a charter bus Thursday killed four people and injured dozens.
    
The Seattle Times reports that Seattle Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle said he's drafting a letter from lawmakers calling on the city and state transportation departments to analyze options for making the bridge safer. The bridge has three lanes in each direction with no median, and it's narrower than any other six-lane highway bridge in the state.

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In 2003 the state DOT recommended moving the bridge's sidewalks below the road deck, to allow wider car lanes and a 2-foot-wide median barrier, at a cost of $29 million. Former Seattle Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson said she believes the reason the work was never done was because of the cost.

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