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Aurora Avenue Bridge

Photos 

Overview.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #193607

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Deck truss bridge over Lake Union on Aurora Ave./WA 99 in Seattle
Location
Seattle, King County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1931
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Steel Fabrication & Erection)
- Jacobs & Ober (Design Firm)
- N. Nygren (Contractor)
- Pacific Bridge Co. of Portland, Oregon (Contractor)
Design
Cantilevered deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 799.9 ft.
Total length: 2,955.2 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 56.4 ft.
Also called
Lake Union Bridge
Aurora Bridge
George Washington Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.64684, -122.34741   (decimal degrees)
47°38'49" N, 122°20'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/549011/5277255 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Seattle North
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
58,319
Inventory number
BH 34298 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2018: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added "Troll" per forum
  • July 21, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 8, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • October 24, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 3, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Troll"
  • May 27, 2013: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • February 14, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged HAER Photos
  • December 10, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

Aurora Avenue Bridge
Posted August 18, 2018, by Ich Sager dir

Bruckentroll

Aurora Avenue Bridge
Posted July 30, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That is so cool!A troll at the end of Troll avenue!Whoever dreamt this up really had a sense of humor!

Aurora Avenue Bridge
Posted July 29, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The HAER report and a couple of other histories make no mention of a toll.

I don't believe there is currently a "troll" category.

Aurora Avenue Bridge
Posted July 29, 2018, by Don Morrison

Roger;

Yeah, I saw the troll sculpture, and assumed no error on your part. Just curious if there was a "Troll" category when you added it as cited, and did some well meaning editor change it to "toll", or was this actually also once a toll bridge?

If this bridge was never a toll bridge, the category needs to be changed back to "Troll", and then there would be 2 - one in iowa is signed "Troll bridge".

Just for fun.

Aurora Avenue Bridge
Posted July 28, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is indeed a troll under this bridge, one of the more famous bridge trolls anywhere. This troll is a notable Seattle landmark. You can see it in one of the street views.

Aurora Avenue Bridge
Posted July 21, 2018, by Don Morrison

...very clever indeed...

There's this citation:

"September 3, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Troll" "

But in the categories it shows "Toll"

Is there even a "Troll" category? There should be...

Has this bridge ever had a toll?

...and this Iowa bridge should be in the category too.

https://bridgehunter.com/ia/linn/bh56879/

Lol

Aurora Avenue Bridge
Posted July 21, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

A very clever Troll or the exact opposite......