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Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Updated 5/31/11

This project has been successfully completed.  Thank you for your patience during the construction. This project was funded by Bridging the Gap, a voter-approved $365 million dollar levy for transportation maintenance and improvements.

Project Description

The Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge (12th Avenue S) is classified as a minor arterial. The Bridge travels over S. Dearborn St which is considered a principal arterial and Major Truck Route. Due to age and increased traffic volumes, the bridge has deteriorated, and needs to be rehabilitated to extend its service life and to reduce frequency of major maintenance and repair.

Improvements include:

  • Fixing concrete spalls on both the top and the soffit of the bridge deck
  • Sidewalk concrete overlay
  • Repairing and sealing cracks in concrete
  • Replacing existing rusted/deteriorated concrete patches
  • Repairing deteriorated/spalled existing concrete girder
  • Replacing the deteriorated expansion joints

Project Benefits:

Improves safety
Creates a stronger, more durable bridge to serve today’s traffic conditions.

Keeps freight moving
A stronger bridge improves the load-carrying capacity of this vital freight link. A more durable concrete deck will significantly reduce the frequency of major repairs and associated traffic disruptions.

Protects an important asset
Extends the bridge’s useful life by decades.

Reduces the City’s maintenance backlog
Contributes to the improvement of Seattle’s transportation system, and reduces maintenance requirements


Construction Information

Our goal is to minimize the impact to traffic and to keep freight moving. Dearborn will remain open to traffic at all times although there will be lane closures and traffic will be impacted. The bridge will remain open to traffic throughout the construction period, with two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane remaining open. Occasional nighttime and/or weekend closure of the bridge, if any, will be kept to a minimum.

Project Funding

This project is funded by Bridging the Gap, a voter-approved $365 million dollar levy for transportation maintenance and improvements.

Over the next nine years, Bridging the Gap will address the City’s mounting transportation problems and create a strong foundation for Seattle’s transportation future by reducing the infrastructure backlog and investing in major transportation projects.

Want to Learn More?

The design team will balance the impacts of construction while achieving the project’s goal of providing a safe and functional bridge. SDOT will work closely with the community to share project information, answer questions, and address concerns.

For the latest news and information, or to request a project briefing, contact:

Ken Lee
Project Manager
(206) 684-3514

Maribel Cruz
Project Communications
(206) 684-7963



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