The never-ending Fremont Bridge painting project is, well, getting close to ending. But some of the biggest closures are still to come.
Workers will close the bridge overnight from midnight to 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will only be two chances to get across the bridge, so anyone biking late at night might want to plan on routing to other bridges.
Details from SDOT:
The Seattle Department of Transportation’s painting project on the Fremont Bridge is nearing completion. One of the last areas to be painted requires leaving one of the two spans of the bridge upright to expose surface areas which are otherwise inaccessible. This work will be done on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, between midnight and 7 a.m. when traffic volumes are light. Pedestrians and bicycles (but not vehicles) will be allowed 5 minute long crossing periods at 1:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. – otherwise all traffic must use alternate routes during this early morning closure.
The painting project began in August 2014 and consists of preparing and re-coating the steel parts of the bridge to help keep them from rusting. SDOT paints the bridge every 12 to 15 years to prolong its useful life.
If possible, detouring to the University Bridge could be wise even if it adds a lot of distance to your trip. Or maybe this is a good time to give the sidewalks across the Aurora Bridge a try (they’re better than the Ballard Bridge, and the view is amazing).
The Aurora Bridge sidewalks connect from Bridge Way/N 38th St in Fremont to Raye St/6th Ave N on Queen Anne. So you get to skip a lot of hill climbing compared to the Fremont Bridge, which is pretty cool. Just be careful entering and leaving the side streets. I do not recommend biking in the roadway across the bridge. People drive very fast and probably won’t expect you to be there. And be ready for nasty bumps in the sidewalk.