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Montlake Bridge


Portal View.

Photo From WSDOT State Route Web


BH Photo #190258


Street View 


Bascule bridge over Montlake Cut on WA 513 in Seattle
Seattle, King County, Washington
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated to have a new bridge built next to it to form a one-way couplet.
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1999
- C.L. Creelman (Contractor)
- Carl F. Gould (Architect)
- Clark H. Eldridge (Design Engineer)
- Wallace Equipment Co. (Contractor)
- Westinghouse Electric Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Lift Equipment)
Pratt deck truss bascule
Length of largest span: 182.1 ft.
Total length: 345.2 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.8 ft.
Also called
Montlake Cut Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.64726, -122.30459   (decimal degrees)
47°38'50" N, 122°18'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/552227/5277330 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Seattle North
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 34306 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 2, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 21, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • December 1, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 1, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • January 12, 2014: Updated by Evin Fairchild: actually built in 1925, not 1924
  • February 14, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged HAER Photos And Updated Status
  • December 14, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • December 10, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type. Added link to Panoramio photo.


  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER WA-108 - Montlake Bridge
  • Wikipedia - Montlake Bridge
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Montlake Bridge
Posted December 10, 2012, by Tom May (tom [at] tommey [dot] net)

Thankfully, it's unlikely that a second bridge will be built, according to this article from September 25 2012:


Montlake Bridge
Posted December 14, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is truly a spectacular bridge (view the photo link in the Links section). Would be nice to have someone get some more photos of this bridge. Almost European in its style.