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Saturday morning Montlake Bridge maintenance could get noisy

November 29th, 2011 by master

If you live near the Montlake cut your Saturday morning could get a bit noisy. The Washington State Department of Transportation will perform routine maintenance on the Montlake Bridge starting as early as 7 a.m. on December 3. Most of the noise will come from the equipment maintenance crews use to suck up all the gunk that built up over the year beneath the movable parts of the bridge. The work should be wrapped up by 11 a.m.

If you’re planning to drive over the bridge Saturday morning you should also be ready for a little delay. The bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting as soon as 6 a.m.

Here’s the exact schedule:

Saturday, December 3
  • 6 – 7 a.m.: Left lane closed in both directions on the bridge
  • 7 – 9 a.m.: Cleaning begins on north end of the bridge (away from the more residential southern end) using a large vacuum-type truck
  • 9 – 11 a.m.: Cleaning begins on the south side of the bridge
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m.: All lanes of the bridge reopen

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Montlake Bridge traffic alert for Saturday

November 30th, 2010 by master

WSDOT maintenance crews will clean under the Montlake Bridge this Saturday (12/4) from 6am to 11:30am. During the work, the left lane in both directions will be closed. WSDOT says some of the work will be noisy as crews clean out the large pits where the bridge counterweights sit. Expect congestion and delays during that time.

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Boaters bump into mystery object in water

October 27th, 2010 by master

10:50 p.m. Police are searching for a mystery object that boaters said they encountered under the Montlake Bridge just after 8:30 p.m. The object was covered in a tarp, and as they were towing it to shore, something fell out. “The boaters thought that the unknown object was possibly a human body,” Seattle Police say. “The boaters lost sight of the object and continued on to the rowing center (off Fuhrman St. in Eastlake) and subsequently called 911.”

Guardian One helped in the search, but so far, nothing has been found. Pre-Halloween jitters or the real thing? We’ll keep you updated.

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Montlake Bridge accident leads to $8 million settlement

October 27th, 2010 by master

An accident on the Montlake Bridge three years ago turned a cyclist into a quadriplegic.  Now, the man has settled with WSDOT for $8 million dollars.  Mickey Gendler, a former high profile environmental attorney in Seattle, was riding across the bridge in October of 2007 when his bicycle tire got lodged in an inch-wide gap between sections of the metal grating.  He was thrown over the handlebars causing devastating injuries.  That gap has since been filled in, although the SeattlePI reports the state contended most cyclists use the sidewalks instead of riding over the grating.  Gendler spoke with our news partners at the Seattle Times and you can read the story here.

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Opening Day of Boating Season Info

April 30th, 2010 by master

The Opening Day of Boating season tomorrow (5/1) brings the traditional traffic headaches to the U-District.  Just a reminder that the Montlake Bridge will be closed to motorists from 10am to approximately 4pm on Saturday.

This year’s Windermere Cup Crew Races start at 10:20am Saturday, featuring the UW teams taking on Oxford and Syracuse.  The Parade of Boats through the Montlake Cut starts at noon.


 UW Photo

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