The Fremont Bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge that spans the Fremont Cut in Seattle, Washington. The bridge, which connects Fremont Avenue North and 4th Avenue North, connects the neighborhoods of Fremont and Queen Anne. The Fremont Bridge was opened on Friday June 15, 1917, and the first traffic over the bridge was to "owl cars". The Fremont Bridge is the first of four city bascules to cross the canal, the others being Ballard Bridge (1917), University Bridge (1919), and Montlake Bridge (1925). The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and is also a designated city landmark.
In its early years, before the construction of the nearby Aurora Bridge in 1932, the Fremont Bridge had the most vehicle traffic of any bascule bridge in the United States. It still remains quite busy. Because of the low clearance (30-feet), this bridge opens roughly 35 times each day making it the most frequently opened drawbridge in the U.S.
Federal law gives marine traffic the right-of-way over vehicular traffic; however, the Fremont Bridge is closed to most water traffic during rush hours.
The bridge's blue and orange color was chosen by voters at a 1985 street fair. Later in 2018, the bridge received a permanent art installation as part of an artist residency program that coincided with the centennial of the bridge. It was also outfitted with dynamic lighting designs.
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