Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement

Updated: December 6, 2019

What's happening now?

Fairview Ave N bridge closed on Monday, September 23

Upcoming work

December 9 - 20

  • Remove western bridge timber piles, moving from  north to south
  • Place sand layer (cover) in areas where piles have been removed
  • Install long-term turbidity curtain to contain sediment from the construction site

Upcoming weekend work

December 7, 14 and 21

Crews plan to work on the next three Saturdays; December 7, 14, and 21. Construction activities will be a continuation of weekday work, including installation of helical piles, bridge trestle beams, and decking. Work hours are 9 AM to 5 PM.

Crane on Fairview Bridge

Wooden beams reinforce the bridge, allowing it to support the weight of the equipment used to install the helical piles and trestle beams

Helical Piles for bridge replacement at Fairview BridgeHelical piles staged on Fairview Ave N.

Bridge demolition progression 

Fairview Bridge Demolition

Demolition of western bridge deck on November 14, 2019

Fairview Bridge DemolitionContinued bridge demolition on November 21, 2019

Fairview Bridge DemolitionContinued bridge demolition on November 27, 2019

What we've heard

Many of you have asked about construction occurring along Eastlake Ave E and whether we are coordinating with those projects. We are working closely with other construction projects in the area to help keep traffic moving on Eastlake Ave E. We have a designated coordinator who monitors construction conditions on Eastlake Ave E and looks for ways to make improvements. The best way to find out more about Eastlake construction activities is to contact 206-684-ROAD or email 684-Road@seattle.gov

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 restaurants 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 detour, Metro 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.

Bridge closure map showing detour routes for general and freight traffic.

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

2021

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

Funding

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 
FairviewBridge@seattle.gov

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