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University Bridge Painting Project

February 27, 2009

University Bridge to be Completely Closed to Vehicles and Pedestrians in the Early Morning Hours for Three to Four Weekends in April: Alternating Closure of Outside Lanes to Continue in March and April

The painting contractor will need full weekend bridge closures (midnight Friday to 6:00 AM Saturday and midnight Saturday to 6:00 AM Sunday) for at least three consecutive weekends, April 11th & 12th, April 18th & 19th and April 25th & 26th. During these weekend early morning closures the University Bridge will be closed to motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Throughout the months of March and April, there will continue to be alternating northbound/southbound single outside lane closures from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. weekdays, as the contractor continues painting the bridge spans.

Bicycle lanes will be affected, depending on which side of the bridge the lane closures take place.

Detour map will be available soon.

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to extend the life of the University Bridge. The project includes washing, removing rust and damaged paint, applying primer paint where necessary and repainting all of the structural steel on the University Bridge. The bridge railings and light and power poles will also be repainted.

The project covers the entire bascule: all of the steel on the south end and the steel-only portions of the north end. It will also include painting of the stairway handrails. This project is funded by the City’s General Maintenance Budget (Cumulative Reserve Fund).

Project Location

  • Eastlake Ave E/NE from NE Pacific St to Fuhrman Ave E.


  • December 2008 through Summer 2009

What to Expect During Construction

  • Lane closures during off-peak hours
  • Moderate construction noise and dust
  • Occassional bridge closures with detours
  • Normal work hours will be 7 am – 4 pm, with occasional night time and weekend work
  • SDOT will distribute regular notices during construction

Project Contacts

George Frost, Public Outreach Coordinator,, (206) 615-0786
Ron Scharf, Project Manager,, (206) 684-5192

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