AKA: City of Seattle, Department of Transportation (SDOT), University Bridge, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures - bridges

Designers: City of Seattle, City Architect, Huntington, Daniel R. (firm); Daniel Riggs Huntington Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1919

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Eastlake Avenue NE
Seattle, WA

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Building Notes

In 2007, this 218-foot bridge, spanning Portage Bay (also known as the "Montlake Cut), carried 30,000 cars per day. It provided local connections between the University District and the Eastlake Neighborhood to the south. The University Bridge was one of three bascule (draw) bridges maintained by the City of Seattle's Department of Transportation in 2012, the other two being the Ballard Bridge and the Fremont Bridge.


During the New Deal in 1933, the bridge underwent a renovation. On 05/02/2007, a large sinkhole formed after a cast-iron, 24-inch diameter water main broke under the bridge's southern end. (The main--laid in 1917--had probably been weakened due to earthquakes.) The hole was large, requiring 40 cubic yards of concrete and sand to fill. The bridge reopened on 05/04/2007 at 3:00 PM.

PCAD id: 10018