Reminder: University Bridge Closing This Weekend August 5 – 8

SDOT advises travelers that the University Bridge will close for a third weekend for repairs and maintenance this weekend. These closures are necessary so crews can work safely and efficiently while paving the approach sections of the bridge as well as the bike lanes.

Beginning as early as 8 p.m. on Friday, August 5, through 5 a.m. on Monday, August 8, SDOT expects to close the University Bridge to through traffic.

Wondering how this might affect your travel plans over the weekend?

  • If you’re driving use the Montlake Bridge via 15th Ave NE and Boyer Ave E.
  • If you’re walking it’s business as usual; the bridge walkways will remain open but expect some delays.
  • If you’re biking dismount your bike and walk it across the bridge; the bike lane will be closed but the walkways will be open to walk bikes across.
  • If you’re taking transit check to see King County Metro impacted bus routes 49, 70 and 83.

Three closures are necessary due to the sequence of work, including repairing the base layer of concrete and expansion joints. Crews will then overlay the new pavement and allow time for it to cure. Crews will also complete maintenance activities on the Campus Parkway Bridge. The first two University Bridge closures were July 22-25 and July 29-August 1.

This work is part of the Roosevelt Way NE Paving and Safety Project, making safety improvements for all users along Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th Street and the University Bridge. Construction began in March 2016 and is expected to be completed in early fall.

For more information on this project, email the project team at or call (206) 727-3575. Additional information can be found on the project website at  The University Bridge closure will affect Metro bus routes 49, 70 and 83. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute details. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.