Bridge Closure on 68th Ave NE - Significant Traffic Impact

Update 12/19/4:30pm: Bridge will be open to all traffic at 4:30 p.m. The sidewalk on the southbound lane will remain closed to pedestrian and bicycle access until further notice. 


Update 12/19/18, 1:30 p.m.:  NUD has just advised that inspections have verified the Sammamish River Bridge (68th Ave NE) and roadway base are sound. Engineers have authorized contractors to proceed with paving over the repaired roadway on the southbound lane, which will take several hours. According to onsite engineers, with no additional complications, the road could be open for general traffic early this evening. We are doing our best to release information as fast as possible. Please check Kenmore's Twitter @KenmoreWA and before planning your evening commute.


Update 12/18/18 3:50pm:  NUD has just advised the bridge will remain closed to general traffic through this evening and Wednesday morning's commute. The northbound direction has been opened for emergency vehicle access only.  NUD will then issue a further update on the status and reopening timeline. See their latest updates at


Bridge Closure on 68th Ave NE - Significant Traffic Impact Monday, December 17th - Kenmore

Be advised that both northbound and southbound lanes of the Sammamish River Bridge (68th Ave NE) have just been closed between NE 175th St and NE 170th St until further notice.  Traffic is now being detoured to 96th Ave NE, Bothell. Commuters in this area are asked to find alternate routes until further notice.

On Monday, December 17th, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a road failure in the southbound lanes on 68th Ave NE occurred as a result of construction activity. Northshore Utility District contractors are currently working in this area to relocate a sewer main for the City of Kenmore southbound bridge replacement project. There were no injuries, and there are no public safety issues.  Crews are on-site now making repairs and have closed the road.

The northbound lanes have also been closed to vehicles out of an abundance of caution.  Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to cross the northbound side.

NUD is working closely with the City of Kenmore to manage traffic and provide updates. We will share further information about road conditions and repairs when available.  Questions regarding the construction activity should be directed to Val Tokumoto, NUD Project Manager, at (425) 398-4400, ext. 130, or

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Last updated: Wed, 12/19/2018 - 4:19pm