Down Under - North Side
The micro-piles have been installed for pier #3, the footing for pier #4 is finished and the columns on top of pier #5 should be poured before the end of the month. It is now easy to visualize the dramatic changes taking place under the world's busiest bascule bridge.

Down Under - South Side
The old operations and maintenance building is being demolished and hauled away.

36th Street Work
Work continues on the north side of 36th Street at the corners of Dayton and Phinney, where the handicap access ramps will be replaced after new traffic signal and controller foundations are formed. Work also continues north of 36th Street between Dayton and Evanston on the sidewalk and the curb.

Work on the south side of the street will begin in approximately 2 weeks.

Concrete Replaced
Some work on the sidewalk in front of the Hoffner, Fischer & Harvey funeral home was found to be substandard and required removal and replacement. The prime contractor -Mowat Construction-will handle all the remaining concrete work themselves, rather than relying on the concrete subcontractor who performed the substandard work.

The Mowat crews, who did beautiful work on the paving around the Lenin statue before the subcontractor came on-site, take great pride in their craft and are looking forward to showing their stuff. They have already torn out and are replacing the work found to be unacceptable north of 36th Street.

  Bridge Way Update
Traffic on the Aurora Bridge off-ramp currently has an all-way stop at Bridge Way, while work on the on-ramp (west of the bridge) continues. A temporary detour for vehicles over 12 feet high will go into effect on or soon after January 16th, depending on weather. Speaking of which…

Rain, Rain, Go Away
There are a few things that you can't do well in the rain. Origami comes to mind. Pouring sidewalks is another.

Although the weather has been relatively kind so far, we have had a few delays caused by the drippy days.

Audio File Updates Now on Monthly Schedule
As informative (and occasionally entertaining) as the audio file updates on the project are, relatively few folks have signed up to receive them. So, unless the ranks of subscribers suddenly swell, we'll be going to a once a month schedule for the audio updates until Phase II of the project (when traffic across the Fremont Bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction) is imminent.

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

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.