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Sat Sep 19, 2020, 01:36 PM

Seattle shuts down Great Wheel pier after partial collapse of neighboring Pier 58

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) said Friday that it's closing the privately owned Pier 57, which sits next to the city-owned park pier that partially collapsed last Sunday as it was being readied for demolition.

Pier 57 is home to the Great Wheel and Miners Landing, a collection of shops, restaurants and other tourist attractions. It belongs to a family-owned business, Great Western Pacific Inc. Public access and businesses were set to close at 5 p.m. Friday.

Though the city says no damage to Pier 57 was observed, it could be affected if the remaining part of the partially collapsed structure, Pier 58, fails.

“Our top priorities continue to be public safety, the safety of our construction team and protecting critical infrastructure,” said Marshall Foster, director of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, in a statement. “We support SDCI in taking this necessary action and will continue to work with waterfront partners and businesses to both protect public safety and minimize impacts.”

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