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University Bridge


Looking east from the air

Photo taken by Jann Mayer in May 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #254757


Street View 


Bascule bridge over Portage Bay on Eastlake Avenue NE in Seattle
Seattle, King County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1919, approaches and bridge deck rebuilt between 1932 and 1933
- Booker, Kiehl & Whipple of Seattle, Washington (Contractor)
Pratt pony truss bascule
Length of largest span: 217.9 ft.
Total length: 291.0 ft.
Deck width: 39.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Also called
Eastlake Avenue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.65318, -122.32010   (decimal degrees)
47°39'11" N, 122°19'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/551056/5277977 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Seattle North
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 34275 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 51 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 26, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 3, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 5, 2014: Updated by Evin Fairchild: add city
  • January 20, 2014: Updated by Evin Fairchild: correcting year built
  • December 21, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 16, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 27, 2013: New photos from Jann Mayer
  • December 10, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge map and type.

Related Bridges 


  • Nathan Holth
  • Wikipedia - University Bridge
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


University Bridge
Posted February 8, 2020, by Angela K (falpiqua [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Siege painted this bridge on a typical grey Seattle morning, I love the blackberries in the foreground. We see this view at least once a week. I should ask him to paint it on a sunny summer day.