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Montlake Bridge Closure Impacts Access to UW Medical Center and Clinics

The Montlake bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic for several weekends this fall. In addition, there are several overnight directional closures planned (see FAQ for dates).

UW Medicine locations in the University area will remain open for all services during regular hours throughout the bridge closures.

Patients and staff will need to plan an alternate route and extra travel time. Link light rail transportation is encouraged. Weekend bus routes will be temporarily rerouted during bridge closures, resuming regular routes once the bridge reopens Monday mornings.

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What you need to know about the Montlake Bridge closure

An average of 40,000 to 66,000 drivers use the Montlake Bridge daily. In August. Washington State Department of Transportation crews began work to to replace the 20-year-old grid deck and repair bridge joints. This work will help keep the bridge safe and reliable as traffic demands continue to grow.

Fall weekend bridge closures

  • Bridge will be closed for several weekends
  • Closures will not coincide with UW football games
  • Closed to all vehicles and public transit
  • One sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists

Closure dates

  • Oct 8-11: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
  • Oct 22-25: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
  • Oct 30-Nov 1: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
  • Nov 19-22: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions - Montlake Bridge Closures

Frequently asked questions - Montlake Bridge Closures


Construction crews are replacing over 80 metal panels on the bridge’s 20-year-old worn metal grid deck and repairing mechanical components needed to keep the Montlake Bridge safe and reliable. Additional support beams will be added.  The work will be done by crews contracted with the Washington State Department of Transportation. More information about this work is on the WSDOT website. The detour map and possible alternate routes are posted above.


Fall weekend closure dates include:

  • Oct 8-11: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
  • Oct 22-25: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
  • Oct 30-Nov 1: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m. (subject to change)
  • Nov 19-22: From Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.


  • Sept 26 Southbound direction will be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a. m.. Northbound will be down to one lane. Emergency vehicles will not be able to cross and will be rerouted.
  • Sept 27-30: Northbound direction will be closed Monday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Southbound will be down to one lane. Emergency vehicles will not be able to cross and will be rerouted.
  • Oct 3-7: Northbound direction will be closed Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Southbound will be down to one lane. Emergency vehicles will not be able to cross and will be rerouted.


UW Medicine locations in the University area will remain open for all services during regular hours throughout the weekend bridge closures. Plan extra travel time to get to and from impacted locations. Bridge closures may impact travel to these locations:

  • UW Medical Center – Montlake
  • The Center for Human Development & Disability
  • The Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium
  • Roosevelt Clinics
  • Primary and Urgent Care at Ravenna


During the five fall weekend closures, one sidewalk will remain open cyclists and pedestrians.


No. Bus routes will not be able to cross during any of the Montlake Bridge closures. Weekend bus routes will be temporarily rerouted during bridge closures, resuming regular routes once the bridge reopens Monday mornings. Please check to see if your route is impacted and plan to add 5-10 minutes to your travel time.


Most vehicles and public transit will be detoured to I-5 North and the University exits including 45th and 50th Streets during bridge closures. Vehicles traveling from the eastside can exit State Route 520 at Roanoke, and use University Bridge. The primary detour and any alternate routes are on the map posted above.


To get to the UW Medical Center, we highly recommend using Link light rail if possible, as the station is located across the street from the hospital and will not be affected by any road closures. For other University area sites, public transit is a great option. If driving or taking public transit, please allow extra time for detours and traffic. The detour map and alternate routes are posted above.


All of our parking facilities are open and will operate normally during all bridge closures. At the UW Medical Center - Montlake campus, barriers outside the Triangle and Surgery Pavilion parking structures will prevent turns towards Montlake Boulevard, but drivers can follow detours to access Montlake Boulevard via NE Pacific Place.

Getting to UW Medical Center – Montlake

Directions to UW Medical Center – Montlake

Printable PDF Directions

From Interstate 5 Northbound: 
Use NE 45th St. Exit

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
  • Turn right onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • UW Medical Center Triangle Parking Garage:
    • Just before the hospital’s main entrance, turn left onto Pacific Place.
    • Make a quick right into the Triangle Parking Garage, connected to the medical center via a pedestrian tunnel.
  • UW Medical Center Surgery Pavilion Garage:
    • Just past the hospital’s main entrance, turn right at the stoplight and follow signs for the garage.

From Interstate 5 Southbound: 
Use NE 45th St. Exit

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for NE 45th St/Univ of Wash
  • Merge onto 5th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • UW Medical Center Triangle Parking Garage:
    • Just before the hospital’s main entrance, turn left onto Pacific Place.
    • Make a quick right into the Triangle Parking Garage, connected to the medical center via a pedestrian tunnel.
  • UW Medical Center Surgery Pavilion Garage:
    • Just past the hospital’s main entrance, turn right at the stoplight and follow signs for the garage.

From the State Route 520 Westbound: 

  • Do NOT exit at Montlake Boulevard due to Montlake bridge closure
  • Continue on 520W to Interstate 5 North 
  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
  • Turn right onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • UW Medical Center Triangle Parking Garage:
    • Just before the hospital’s main entrance, turn left onto Pacific Place.
    • Make a quick right into the Triangle Parking Garage, connected to the medical center via a pedestrian tunnel.
  • UW Medical Center Surgery Pavilion Garage:
    • Just past the hospital’s main entrance, turn right at the stoplight and follow signs for the garage.

Getting to UW Medical Center – Roosevelt

Directions to UW Medical Center – Roosevelt

Printable PDF Directions

The two red brick buildings are several blocks away from the main medical center campus at 4225 (UW Medical Center – Roosevelt I) is the southernmost of the two buildings. See map.

From Interstate 5 Northbound
Use NE 45th St. Exit

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
  • Turn right onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto Roosevelt Way, a one-way street. 
  • Continue two blocks. The buildings are on the right.

From Interstate 5 Southbound
Use NE 45th St. Exit

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for NE 45th St./Univ of Wash
  • Merge onto 5th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto Roosevelt Way, a one-way street. 
  • Continue two blocks. The buildings are on the right.

From 520 Westbound:

  • Do NOT exit at Montlake Boulevard due to Montlake bridge closure
  • Continue on 520W to Interstate 5 North 
  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave NE
  • Turn right onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto Roosevelt Way, a one-way street. 
  • Continue two blocks. The buildings are on the right.

Free shuttle service is available between the medical center and the two Roosevelt buildings. 

Getting to UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center

Directions to UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center

Printable PDF Directions

From Interstate 5 Northbound: 
Use NE 45th St. Exit

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
  • Turn right onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • Turn left onto Pacific Place
  • Continue straight through the stoplight into the Husky Stadium parking area. Follow directional signs to the Sports Medicine Center parking.

From Interstate 5 Southbound: 
Use NE 45th St. Exit

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for NE 45th St./Univ of Wash
  • Merge onto 5th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • Turn left onto Pacific Place
  • Continue straight through the stoplight into the Husky Stadium parking area. Follow directional signs to the Sports Medicine Clinic parking.

From the State Route 520 Westbound: 

  • Do NOT exit at Montlake Boulevard due to Montlake bridge closure
  • Continue on 520W to Interstate 5 North 
  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
  • Turn right onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • Turn left onto Pacific Place
  • Continue straight through the stoplight into the Husky Stadium parking area. Follow directional signs to the Sports Medicine Clinic parking.

Getting to the primary and urgent care clinic at Ravenna

Directions to the primary and urgent care clinic at Ravenna Clinic

Printable PDF Directions

From Interstate 5

  • Leave the freeway at exit 169, NE 45th St. If northbound on I-5, turn right onto NE 45th St. If southbound on I-5, turn left onto NE 45th St.
  • Once you reach the bottom of the NE 45th St. Viaduct, take a slight right onto Montlake Boulevard NE.
  • Take a slight right onto NE 44th St.
  • Turn right onto 25th Ave. NE.
  • The Ravenna clinic will be on your left, just north of the University Village Shopping Center.

From the State Route 520 Westbound:

  • Do NOT exit at Montlake Boulevard due to Montlake bridge closure
  • Continue on 520W to Interstate 5 North
  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Once you reach the bottom of the NE 45th Street Viaduct, take a slight right onto Montlake Boulevard NE.
  • Take a slight right onto NE 44th Street.
  • Turn right onto 25th Avenue NE..
  • The Ravenna clinic will be on your left, just north of the University Village Shopping Center.

Getting to the Center for Human Development and Disability (CHDD)

Directions to CHDD at UW Medical Center – Montlake

Printable PDF Directions

From Interstate 5 Northbound

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
  • Turn right onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • Stay in the far right lane to cross NE Pacific St. (main street with traffic lights)
  • 15th Ave. will end at a stop sign
  • Turn left (East) on Boat St.
  • Continue past Gatehouse #6 to the top street level of S1 parking (on right)

From Interstate 5 Southbound:

  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • Stay in the far right lane to cross NE Pacific St. (main street with traffic lights)
  • 15th Ave. will end at a stop sign
  • Turn left (East) on Boat St.
  • Continue past Gatehouse #6 to the top street level of S1 parking (on right)

From 520 Westbound:

  • Do NOT exit at Montlake Boulevard due to Montlake Bridge closure
  • Continue on 520W to Interstate 5 North
  • Merge onto I-5 North
  • Take Exit 169 toward NE 45th St.
  • Merge onto 7th Ave. NE
    • Northbound: turn right onto NE 45th St.
    • Southbound: turn left onto NE 45th St.
  • Turn right onto 15th Ave. NE
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific St.
  • Stay in the far right lane to cross NE Pacific St. (main street with traffic lights)
  • 15th Ave. will end at a stop sign
  • Turn left (East) on Boat St..
  • Continue past Gatehouse #6 to the top street level of S1 parking (on right)

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