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Part two: Another weekend of paving SR 99 Aurora bridge set for June 15-16

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 11:20

Tom Pearce, communications, 206-440-4696
Ed Kane, project engineer, 425-225-8743

Work is part of $35.2 million project to maintain heavily-used Seattle icon

SEATTLE – Work to preserve the State Route 99 Aurora bridge continues with another weekend-long lane reduction for deck repairs and repaving. Limiting traffic on the bridge protects people who travel as well as the workers repairing the bridge.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14. All lanes will be open by 5 a.m. Monday, June 17. While the lanes are closed, crews will:

  • Repair the 88-year-old concrete bridge deck.
  • Replace waterproofing on bridge deck.
  • Repave the deck with asphalt.

The work is very weather-dependent and could be postponed if rain is forecast.

Expect delays when traveling near bridge
Throughout the weekend when the bridge is limited to one lane each way, people who travel in the area need to plan ahead. Expect heavy traffic on the structure, officially known as the George Washington Bridge. Travelers also should expect heavier than usual traffic on the streets in the surrounding neighborhoods of Fremont, Queen Anne, Wallingford and Ballard, as well as on Interstate 5.

Alternatives such as carpooling, walking or bicycling can help reduce traffic. The walkway on the west (southbound) side of the bridge will remain open during the work.

There will also be weeknight lane reductions as crews prepare the bridge for repaving. Before traveling, people can get real-time traffic information with  the WSDOT mobile app and the WSDOT Traffic Twitter feed.

Preserving the Aurora bridge
This is the second of up to 10 weekends set aside to repave the structure. Other scheduled weekends include:

  • July 12-15
  • Aug. 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26
  • Sept. 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23

The bridge opened to much acclaim in 1931. It is one of the icons of Seattle and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The work is part of a larger plan to repave all lanes of SR 99 between Roy Street near downtown Seattle and North 145th Street at the Seattle/Shoreline city limits. This part of SR 99 was last paved about 20 years ago.

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