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Alert 9/10-12: Contrary to original plans, bike/walk access will be maintained during Montlake Bridge weekend closure

Photot of workers underneath the bridge.
Photo from WSDOT.

We have a good news update about the ongoing Montlake Bridge rehabilitation work. The first of several weekend closures is still scheduled for this weekend (September 10–12). But despite original announcements, the west sidewalk will remain open for walking and biking after all.

Crews recently finished replacing the metal decking on the bridge, which required major car and bus detours. The next phase of work is focused on the mechanical elements that raise and lower the historic bascule bridge. Some of that work will likely require keeping the bridge in the up position, which will obviously mean no biking or walking. But not this first weekend, which is great news for people looking to bike to the Let’s Move Redmond open streets festival Sunday.

From WSDOT:


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  • Until further notice: Pedestrians and bicyclists should expect regular closures of one bridge sidewalk. Access will be provided on the opposite sidewalk during closures.
  • 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13: The Montlake Bridge will close to vehicle traffic for the first of five scheduled weekend closures. Pedestrian and bicyclist access will be maintained on the west side of the bridge during this first weekend but may be restricted at times during the following closures.

So this means people walking and biking shouldn’t need to worry about big detours until the second weekend of October. And even then, some accommodation for walking and biking may be possible. Stay tuned. From the project page:

The second phase of work will repair and replace mechanical components that raise and lower the bridge. Access to vehicles will be restricted during working weekends. Pedestrian and bicycle may also be restricted at times. Boats will be able to access the Montlake Cut below the bridge. Crews expect to close the bridge on the following weekends from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. This schedule is subject to change:

  • Sept. 10-13
  • Oct. 8-11
  • Oct. 22-25
  • Oct. 29 – Nov. 1
  • Nov. 19 – 22

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One response to “Alert 9/10-12: Contrary to original plans, bike/walk access will be maintained during Montlake Bridge weekend closure”

  1. Robert Norheim

    Decking was only partially replaced by the end of the August closure. Only about 2/3 of the south draw span. Maybe they did a lot of the prep for the mechanical work, but they seem behind their planned schedule.

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