University Bridge to stay closed overnight due to the heat

UPDATE at 6:39 a.m. Thursday: SDOT says the University Bridge has been inspected and can resume opening to allow marine traffic to go through.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is leaving the University Bridge closed over night Wednesday. The high temperatures have caused the bridge’s metal to expand and SDOT is worried that opening the bridge might cause damage.

From the SDOT press release:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will leave the bridge in a closed position overnight to prevent any structural damage and adverse impacts to emergency response. After the bridge contracts overnight in cooler temperatures, SDOT structural engineers will inspect it at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning to reevaluate its condition and determine if normal operations can resume.

So, if you’re taking your boat through the bridge tonight, you’re going to have to wait until the morning.