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Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3: Expect lane reductions on Aurora Bridge

View of the SR 99 Aurora Bridge from the Fremont Bridge. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.


This weekend marks the beginning of series of lane reductions for pavement preservation work on the SR 99 Aurora Bridge over the summer.


From Friday night until Monday morning, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will scrape off old asphalt on the roadway, make any needed repairs to the bridge deck and repave.


This work is weather-dependent, so it could be postponed if there’s a decent chance of rain. Plan ahead and prepare for impacts to travel.


Here’s what you can expect:



Beginning at 7 PM Friday, May 31 until 5 AM Monday, June 3, both directions of SR 99 will be reduced to a single lane across the bridge to repave the southern part of the northbound lanes.


Additional bridge paving work is scheduled throughout the summer. Other weekend lane reductions scheduled so far are:


  • June 14-17
  • June 28-July 1
  • July 12-15
  • Aug. 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26


A map and description of the lane reductions on the Aurora Bridge this weekend. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.



Expect heavy traffic on Aurora Ave N, side streets, and I-5 as people work their way around this lane reduction. Know your trip and route options before you head out the door to reach your destination on time. King County Metro riders can stay up to date with Transit Alerts.



This work is part of the project this summer to repave all of Aurora Ave between Roy Street near downtown Seattle and North 145th Street at the Seattle/Shoreline city limits. Most of the work will take place at night, but repaving the bridge requires weekends.


At least one lane in both directions of SR 99 will remain open during the work. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained during business hours.


Visit WSDOT’s website to learn more about the project schedule.


Crews already have finished paving the southbound section of SR 99
between the Aurora Bridge and Roy Street and are working northbound
in that same area now. They’ll continue working north of the bridge
throughout the summer. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.