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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: University Bridge to Remain in Closed Position Overnight

7/29/2009  8:15:00 PM

University Bridge to Remain in Closed Position Overnight
No impacts for motor vehicle traffic

SEATTLE - With extreme temperatures causing an expansion of its steel and concrete components, the University Bridge will remain in the closed position to prevent damage from an opening. While the bridge is available for motor vehicle traffic, it will not be opened for marine traffic through the night.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will leave the bridge in a closed position overnight to prevent any structural damage and adverse impacts to emergency response. After the bridge contracts overnight in cooler temperatures, SDOT structural engineers will inspect it at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning to reevaluate its condition and determine if normal operations can resume.

All other movable bridges in the city inventory have been inspected and remain in an operable condition. SDOT engineers will continue to closely monitor these structures and other components of the city’s transportation infrastructure throughout the course of the heat wave.

The United States Coast Guard has been notified about the bridge’s condition and its impact on marine traffic.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 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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