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Update: July 28, 2014

Bridge Painting Project Now Underway

The Fremont Bascule Bridge Painting project got underway the week of July 7, 2014. The first activities, mostly mobilizing the required equipment and preparing the containment system, have taken place without any impacts to traffic across the bridge.

However, northbound lane closures are planned to begin on 8/11/14 between the hours of 7AM and 3PM.  The walkway and bicycle lane on the east side of the bridge will also be closed during these hours.  These closures will be every Monday through Friday for several weeks, after which they will shift to the southbound lanes and west side walkway.

To receive updates on the project, including advance information on lane closures, please email with Fremont Bridge Update in the subject line.

Fremont Bridge Painting Project

Project Description

The Fremont Bridge is the 2014 site in SDOT’s Annual Bridge Painting Program, an ongoing asset preservation effort that provides for the periodic painting of each of the City’s 20 structural steel bridges. The painting will provide for enhanced aesthetic appeal as well as protect the steel bridge elements for many years against corrosion and other weather deterioration.

The 2014 bridge painting project is for the bascule portion of the bridge. The bascule is the main portion of the bridge where the roadway can be raised to allow passage for boats and ships.  The concrete bridge approaches, which were replaced in 2008, do not require painting. 

The project includes:

  • pressure washing, removing rust and damaged paint
  • applying primer paint where necessary
  • painting all of the structural steel
  • painting all of the exposed steel accessories to the bridge spans (e.g., stairways, ladders, catwalks, handrails, towers, doorways and utility pipes and junction boxes). Not included will be the bridge deck grating and any utility that is galvanized, asbestos-wrapped, or otherwise not painted in its existing condition.
  • matching the existing paint colors (blue and orange)

Due to bridge openings for boat traffic, and the necessity of a traffic lane closure for the bridge painting work, there will be some days and times where traffic delays will be significant.

In order to paint areas of the bridge that are not accessible when the spans are in the down position (open to traffic), it will be necessary to implement full bridge closures at times. The full bridge closures will be from 3AM to 6AM on Saturdays and from 12AM (midnight) to 6AM Sunday mornings. The work is weather-dependent and will be rescheduled in the event of rain. Directional signs will be provided for detour routes. Full bridge closures are currently scheduled for:

  • September 6-7
  • September 13-14

As soon as work in the northeast quadrant of the bridge is finished, the lane closures will shift from the east side of the bridge to the west, affecting southbound traffic.  However, these closures will only be between 10AM and 3PM Monday through Friday.
Further schedule information will be shared once it is a little more certain.  The project is expected to finish before the end of the year.

Project Schedule

7/7/14 –Notice to Proceed and the contractor mobilizes on site.

8/6/14 – First (ceremonial) brush stroke on the Bridge by Fremont Chamber of Commerce Board Member at 11AM

8/11/14 – Begin planned 7AM – 3PM closure of single curbside (northbound) traffic lane and adjacent (east side) walkway.  This northbound lane closure will be Monday – Friday and last several weeks.

9/6 and 9/7/14 – No traffic will be allowed across the Fremont Bridge between 3AM – 6AM on Saturday and 12AM (midnight) – 6AM on Sunday.  Vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to cross the Ship Canal at the Ballard Bridge.  This closure will be repeated on 9/13 nand 9/14 (same hours) if necessary.

9/19 – 9/21/14 – Fremont Oktoberfest

What to Expect During Construction

  • Traffic lane closures during daytime, off-peak travel hours
  • Longer delays for vehicular traffic after bridge openings
  • Sidewalk closures concurrent with lane closures
  • Occasional weekend early morning bridge closures to all traffic – requiring detours
  • Moderate construction noise
  • Normal work hours of 7AM to 4PM with occasional night time and weekend work
  • Construction updates provided by SDOT during construction

If you have any specific questions about the project, please contact Art Brochet, Communications Lead, , (206) 615-0786



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