Heads as much as anybody out late Friday or working early on Saturday: SDOT is repairing the metallic bridge decking on the Fremont Bridge from midnight to six a.m. Saturday morning.
The bridge, together with the sidewalks, might be closed aside from 15-minute openings at 1, 2, 3 and 4 a.m. So that you is perhaps caught ready 45 minutes or having to reroute to the Aurora Bridge.
HeadsUp Seattle: The Fremont Bridge might be closed in a single day from midnight Friday (10/21) to 6AM on Saturday (10/22). Please plan accordingly.
— seattledot (@seattledot) October 18, 2022
Extra particulars from SDOT:
Our crews might be conducting preventative upkeep from midnight on Friday, October 21 till 6 a.m. on Saturday morning to restore the Fremont Bridge’s metallic bridge deck. The drawbridge might be raised in a single day in order that crews can restore sections of the metallic grating of the bridge deck. This work is weather-dependent.
The Fremont Bridge is over a century outdated and is believed to be the most incessantly raised drawbridge in America and one of many busiest drawbridges on the planet. Over time, the fasteners which maintain the metallic bridge deck in place have worn down and loosened, inflicting the metallic grating to shift when a car drives over it. It is very important restore and preserve the bridge deck so as to forestall the metallic grates from transferring round and damaging different bridge elements.
Crew members might be lifted as excessive as 100 ft above the water to finish the welding work. This might be finished utilizing a truck with a movable arm to succeed in the sections that have to be repaired. The method will contain super-heating the metallic bridge deck with a welding torch to burn off layers of collected dust, after which repairing the attachments that maintain the metallic grating in place.
Performing this work whereas the bridge is raised is probably the most environment friendly method to full the repairs. This offers crews one of the best entry to the underside of the bridge in order that they will end the welding work extra rapidly and decrease the disruption for the touring public.
We hope to complete the work in a single night time, but when that’s not potential, we’ll schedule an identical in a single day closure the next week.