Down Under - North Side
At present, micro-piles are being installed for pier #3, the footing for pier #4 is being formed and rebar is being set for the columns on top of pier #5. In short, the new approach support structure is rising out of the ground, climbing towards the existing roadway above. Very impressive!

Down Under - South Side
This week a very large crane will be placing a 30' long, 8' wide, 7' tall concrete water quality vault. Next week the old operations and maintenance building will be demolished and hauled away.

North of 36th Street
Work on the sidewalk and driveway in front of the funeral home and on the curb along 36th Street should be finished next week. Work has also started at the corner of Dayton and 36th, where the handicap access ramps will be replaced after new traffic signal and controller foundations are formed.

Bridge Way Update
Both sections of the new off-ramps have been poured, and demolition of the east side of the Aurora Bridge on-ramp is underway. Some delays are to be expected over the next few weeks as traffic is routed around these improvements.

Holiday Construction Schedule
Construction crews along 36th Street will be NOT be working on the Mondays following either Christmas or New Year's, nor will they be working in the intervening week. Crews working underneath the bridge approaches and along Bridge Way will have the two Mondays off, but will be on the job in the week between.
  %&*! Happens
and sometimes it isn't even the project's fault! Neither the small oil spill under the south approach (the Monday after Thanksgiving), nor the temporary malfunction of the bridge operating mechanism (about 7PM last Saturday) were related to the project. That dented BMW, however, is another story…

Phase II Bus Reroutes Proposed
King County Metro Transit has proposed revised bus routes for Phase II of the project-approximately May 2006 to March 2007- when traffic across the Fremont Bridge will be restricted to a single lane in each direction.

Maps comparing the current routes with the proposed temporary routes for the affected bus routes (26, 28, 31 and 74) are available on the Bridge Approach Project website-see address below.

For comments and questions specifically relating to the bus route modifications, you may contact Liz Gotterer, King County Metro Transit Planner, at (206) 684-1647.

For More Info
If you have questions or concerns regarding the project please call SDOT Project Manager Lorelei Mesic at 206-684-5178. Also, businesses may contact Art Brochet at 206-547-1008 or art@muirpr.com.

And-as always-Seattle's award winning website is a great place for details, history and links. Click here to go return to the Bridge Approach project webpage.