A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be painting three of the City’s structural steel bridges in Magnolia and Queen Anne over the course of the summer. Work will begin the week of July 2 on the first of these bridges, the W Howe Street Bridge between Magnolia Boulevard W and Clise Place W, adjacent to Magnolia Park.
The painting of the W Howe Street Bridge, which involves painting the pedestrian railing on the south side and the north side traffic railing, will take approximately three weeks to complete. A temporary pedestrian path will be established in the roadway while the contractors are working on the south side, reducing vehicular traffic across the bridge to a single lane. Flaggers will be present to manage the traffic flow. Two-lane traffic will be restored at the end of each work day.
Paint crews will most likely then move to the W Dravus Street Bridge over the Burlington Northern Rail yard, between Magnolia and Interbay. The bridge railings, along with several light poles will be repainted. Crews will need to close the curb lane while painting; however, the two lanes of eastbound traffic will remain open 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. each weekday morning, and two westbound lanes will remain open each weekday afternoon from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. There are sidewalks on both the north and south sides of the bridge, and at least one of them will always remain open during the painting. The work should take two to three weeks to complete.
The last of the three bridges to be painted will be the North Queen Anne Drive Bridge, a concrete and steel bridge that spans Wolf Creek Canyon, carrying N Queen Anne Drive between 2nd Avenue N and Nob Hill Avenue N. Pedestrian railings and lights poles will be painted, as well as a portion of the steel structure below the roadway. This work should take a month to six weeks to complete.
The work on all three of these bridges will be limited to weekdays, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.