Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement

Updated: October 17, 2019

What's happening now?

Fairview Ave N bridge closed on Monday, September 23

This past week, crews continued with preparation for bridge demolition, including removal of underdeck fencing. While the bridge is closed, businesses will be open and accessible.

Fairview Bridge Demolition Fence Removal

October 14 - 18

Seattle City Light will relocate power lines south of the bridge to create a safe distance between those lines and the large equipment construction activities that will be taking place on the bridge. The equipment used to relocate the power lines will be in the parking lot just south of the bridge. Access to all businesses and private parking will be maintained. Public parking in this lot will be unavailable, as space is needed to accommodate this work. "No Park" signs will be placed on Friday, October 11.

Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, from 6 AM to 6 PM. Crews can continue work activity until 10 PM. We'll provide advance notification if crews plan to work at night or on weekends.  

Temporary street parking on Fairview Ave N

During the bridge closure, temporary street parking is being provided along Fairview Ave N, on both sides of the street, between Yale Ave N and Aloha St. There are also four angled spots on the west side of Fairview Ave N, just north of Yale Ave N. This will be 10-hour paid parking. This parking is ready for use! Please see the map below for more details.

Fairview Parking Map during bridge closure

Getting around during construction

We understand the importance of keeping people moving during construction. This 18-month closure will significantly affect how people get around Seattle. During construction, the bridge and Fairview Ave N from Eastlake Ave E to Aloha St will be closed to through traffic, including people walking and biking. To accommodate the work on the bridge, we'll temporarily remove the floating walkway and then reinstall it when the new bridge is complete. The transit, biking, and walking detour routes shown below are the result of working with communities in the area. Freight and general traffic are encouraged to use alternate routes. We will continue to work with King County Metro, other nearby construction projects, the community, and those who travel through the area before and during construction. Businesses and resturants will remain open and accessible during the bridge closure. For more information on suggested detour routes, check out the map below our blog post. Temporary street parking will be provided on the east and west sides of Fairview Ave N between Yale Ave N and Aloha St.

King County Metro Route 70 detourMetro Route 70, which normally runs along Fairview Ave N, has been detoured around the bridge closure via Eastlake Ave E and Aloha St (see map below). Temporary bus stops are located on Eastlake Ave E:

  • The northbound bus stop is located on Eastlake Ave E near the signalized crosswalk and overhead walkway between Ward St and E Nelson Place
  • The southbound stop is located at the existing bus shelter on Eastlake Ave E near the staircase that connects to Ward St

The best way to stay informed about Metro rerouting is to check the King County Metro Rider Alerts.

Check out the Fairview Bridge closure map for more details 

Schedule and construction

Construction schedule for Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement project.

Early 2019

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Ongoing public and stakeholder outreach

Summer 2019

Confirm construction contractor
Preparation work begins for Aloha St intersection detour*
Ongoing public and stakeholder outreach

Fall 2019

Full bridge closure and construction begins
Ongoing public and stakeholder outreach


Bridge reopens to traffic

*The project will comply with all necessary environmental permitting and associated schedule. Construction, including work on Aloha St, to last approximately 19 months.

Why are we replacing the bridge?

The Fairview Ave N bridge is the last wooden bridge on a major road in Seattle. While safe for travel today, the bridge doesn't meet current seismic standards. The timber piles on the western half of the bridge, which hold up the roadway, are decaying. The concrete girders on the eastern half of the bridge, which stabilize the street, are cracked.

Future bridge design

The new, wider street will help all users, making it safer for people to drive, walk, bike, and access transit along Fairview Ave N. The bridge will feature sidewalks on both sides of the street, a separated 12-foot, 2-way bike lane on the west side of the bridge, and slightly wider northbound vehicle lanes for people driving cars and trucks.

Existing Crossection
New Crosssection

Along with seismic improvements, we're building 3 new lookout points along the west side of the bridge to provide viewing platforms looking out to Lake Union. They will replace the current lookout area located on the northern end of the bridge.

Rendering of bridge users
Rendering of bridge users at a belvedere

Other area improvements

The project will make improvements to the area before construction begins, including:

  • Installing a new traffic signal at Aloha St and Eastlake Ave E, which will allow left turns onto Eastlake Ave E
  • Improving signal timing at Aloha St and Fairview Ave N
  • Removing the traffic circle at Yale Ave N and Aloha St and building a permanently raised intersection


MOVE SEATTLE LEVY: Your tax dollars at work

With the Levy to Move Seattle, passed by voters in November 2015, SDOT committed to replacing Seattle's aging and seismically vulnerable Fairview Ave N bridge, improving corridor safety and updating the street design to accommodate all people. The Levy to Move Seattle invests $27 million toward the total estimated project cost of $52 million. We're proud to begin construction on this cornerstone project and deliver on our commitment to voters.

Get involved

We want to keep you up to date!
Our outreach team is committed to keeping you informed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Sharing regular email updates (sign up here)
  • Sending project mailings
  • Updating this webpage
  • Dropping off flyers at businesses and residential buildings
  • Presenting at community group meetings
  • Responding to emails from area neighbors

Contact information

Project Hotline
(206) 775-8715