|Story posted at 5:09pm - the image is not timestamped, however|
Based on a few more snaps, though, it hardly looks like the bridge is actually congested!
(And you have to wonder if pro-bridge advocates are trying to "seed" a story about outrageous congestion. On an email list there's a note about a phone survey going around right now that asks about the Third Bridge, police station and City Hall, the Mayor and Council, and a few other things. The coincidence makes you go hmmm a little...)
|5:18pm - two approach lanes have gaps, bridge itself not congested|
(all clips from the City traffic camera page)
|5:23pm - all three approach lanes have gaps; bridge also|
|5:26pm - two lanes with short queue; bridge not congested|
|5:30pm - gaps in all three approach lanes; bridge not full|
Interestingly, a later, edited version of the story - turns out the paper doesn't timestamp updates or otherwise signal edits - indicated there was a crash and a tow-truck at the time the story was written. (Maybe the story has less nefarious origins in scanner traffic or something - still, it's easy to see a conspiracy with regard to the plot for a third bridge!)
So the queuing and spacing we see here could even have taken place while traffic flow was still potentially altered by the crash or crash clean up.
Though 15 minutes of traffic camera clips aren't determinative, it's still really hard to square these images with the popular perception of gridlock, congestion, and intolerable waiting.