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Old Seattle Bridge Gets New Lease on Life


Old sidewalk on the Jose Rizal Bridge before the makeover!


New sidewalk on Jose Rizal Bridge.

Rehabilitation work has been completed the Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge (12th Avenue South).  The project was necessary to extend the life of the bridge and reduce the frequency of major maintenance and repair.  The 98-year-old bridge, which crosses South Dearborn Street, is one of Seattle’s original steel bridges and a vital link to and from Beacon Hill.  The Bridging the Gap funded project is one of five bridge rehabilitation or replacement projects to be completed as part of the Bridging the Gap program. 

The extensive rehabilitation project included repairing concrete spallings on the bridge deck; installing a new sidewalk concrete overlay; repairing and sealing cracks in the concrete; and repairing or replacing deteriorating expansion joints and a concrete girder.  This critical work will extend the life of the bridge for many decades to come.