Should Seattle knock down the West Seattle Bridge, which officials closed in late March after discovering cracks in the structure, and build a replacement bridge? What about a tunnel?

How much would a replacement cost? And what are the alternative commuting options for people traveling to and from West Seattle in the meantime?

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Traffic Lab reporter Mike Lindblom and engagement editor Michelle Baruchman answered these questions about the West Seattle Bridge closure in a live Q&A on Tuesday.

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