Magnolia Bridge

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Magnolia Bridge
Aerial view of Magnolia Bridge, Seattle, 2002.jpg
Coordinates47°38′0.6″N 122°22′58.6″W / 47.633500°N 122.382944°W / 47.633500; -122.382944Coordinates: 47°38′0.6″N 122°22′58.6″W / 47.633500°N 122.382944°W / 47.633500; -122.382944
CarriesW. Garfield Street
CrossesSmith Cove
LocaleSeattle, Washington, U.S.

The Magnolia Bridge, built in 1930, connects the Seattle neighborhoods of Magnolia and Interbay over the filled-in tidelands of Smith Cove. It is one of only three road connections from Magnolia to the rest of Seattle. It carries W. Garfield Street from Magnolia Way W. in the west to the intersection of Elliott and 15th Avenues W. in the east. Having been damaged in the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, it is currently scheduled for replacement.

In 1910, when a bridge was first proposed for this location, Queen Anne Hill and Magnolia were already connected by several trestles across Interbay, each spanning the railway that ran north–south through Interbay. By 1912 a wooden trestle had been built. The wooden trestle was replaced by a concrete structure in 1930 and improved in 1957 to provide a grade separation from Elliott Avenue West. In 1960 the bridge was renamed from the "Garfield Street Bridge" to the "Magnolia Bridge" as a result of community efforts by Magnolia residents.[1]

The bridge's support columns were damaged by the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, temporarily closing it for repairs. As part of disaster-relief funding after the earthquake, a replacement for the Magnolia Bridge was granted $9 million in federal funds, but design of the new bridge stalled in the late 2000s.[2]

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  1. ^ BOLA Architecture + Planning & Northwest Archaeological Associates, Inc., Port of Seattle North Bay Project DEIS: Historic and Cultural Resources Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine, Port of Seattle, April 5, 2005. Accessed online 25 July 2008. p. 13 of the document (p. 15 of the PDF).
  2. ^ Wooton, Monica (March 22, 2016). "The long effort to replace the Magnolia Bridge". Queen Anne & Magnolia News. Retrieved March 3, 2018.

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