The Cowen Park Bridge will be restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction starting next week. Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will add lane lines and delineator posts on the bridge to indicate this restriction on Monday, Jan. 26, weather permitting.
The bridge, located on 15th Avenue Northeast south of Northeast 62nd Street, is wide enough for two lanes in each direction, and currently there is only a double centerline, leaving the width open for two lanes.
SDOT engineers recently completed a structural review of the aging bridge which carries 7,100 vehicles per day and buses for three Metro Transit routes. Given the number of cars, trucks and buses using the bridge, its age, and its current condition, there is a need to limit the capacity to one lane in each direction to help ensure the bridge can continue to handle traffic safely.
SDOT Roadway Structures crews plan maintenance work on the Cowen Park Bridge from Feb. 2 to Feb. 26.
SDOT staff is working on a larger project to install protected bicycle lanes nearby on Ravenna Boulevard and on 15th Avenue Northeast this summer. Community outreach to help finish the design of this project is tentatively scheduled for March. The new striping on the Cowen Park Bridge will fit into the design of the future protected bikes lanes.