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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Work progresses on Fremont Bridge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
11/14/2007  9:24:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Work progresses to the south half of the Fremont Bridge

SEATTLE—SDOT’s contractor has completed upgrading the mechanical and electrical systems on the north half of the Fremont Bridge and now is working on the south half.

The temporary bicycle ramp on the north side of the bridge will remain in place until spring 2008. The temporary ramp is needed so that a truck can park where the permanent ramp is located. As a safety precaution, the truck is positioned so that it can be quickly moved onto the bridge when one half of the bridge is opened, blocking any drivers that might proceed across the bridge unaware that half of the bridge is raised. There is no space available on the south side of the bridge to park the truck.

The Ship Canal Trail under the south approach to the Fremont Bridge will remain closed until spring 2008 because the space is needed for construction activity. Originally this trail was to stay closed until the construction of a maintenance shop building was completed in 2009, but that project has been placed on hold.

The Fremont Bridge is operated by a temporary winch during this phase of construction with the result that full bridge openings (both halves of the bridge) take 15 minutes instead of the previous three to five minutes. Three of these full bridge openings are scheduled each day, at 5 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. Drivers headed over the Fremont Bridge may want to schedule their trips accordingly, or take an alternate route at these times. For other openings, only one half of the bridge will open at a time, shortening the duration of the closure to motor vehicles.

For more information about the project, see www.seattle.gov/fremontbridge

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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