North Queen Anne Drive Bridge

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North Queen Anne Drive Bridge
A steel bridge surrounded by trees
Crosses Wolf Creek
Heritage status Seattle city landmark
Design deck arch
Material steel and concrete
Total length 238-foot (73 m)
Opened 1936

The North Queen Anne Drive Bridge is a deck arch bridge that spans Seattle's Wolf Creek. The 238-foot (73 m) long steel and concrete structure was built in 1936 to replace the previous wood-constructed crossing. It serves as a connection between the Queen Anne neighborhood and the George Washington Memorial Bridge that carries State Route 99. The arch is unusually high and uses a minimal amount of supporting members. It was designated a city landmark on December 28, 1981, because of its unique engineering style.[1][2]

An expansion joint suffered cracking and spalling during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake.[3] The bridge has been retrofitted to make it more earthquake-resistant.[4]


  1. ^ Wilma, David (April 17, 2001). "Seattle Landmarks: Queen Anne Drive Bridge (1936)". Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ Crowley, Walt; Dorpat, Paul (1998). National Trust Guide, Seattle: America's Guide for Architecture and History Travelers. Preservation Press, J. Wiley & Sons. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-471-18044-9. 
  3. ^ McDonough, Peter W. (2002). The Nisqually, Washington, Earthquake of February 28, 2001: Lifeline Performance. American Society of Civil Engineers. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-7844-0615-1. 
  4. ^ Lange, Larry (August 2, 2007). "Steel-truss bridges get emergency look". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved April 4, 2011.