A load limit has been put into effect to prohibit vehicles weighing over 15 tons gross vehicle weight from using the 102nd Avenue N.E. bridge in Bothell with one exception. All emergency vehicles, regardless of weight, will be allowed continued use of the bridge.
On December 3, the driver of a tractor trailer was hauling a track hoe. The driver left the boom of the track hoe up, and as he passed under the 102nd Avenue NE bridge, the boom hit the bridge causing significant damage to the bridge, estimated to be between $150,000 and $175,000. City crews have since performed emergency inspections on the bridge and determined that although the bridge is safe for smaller vehicles to drive on, continued use by over-sized vehicles could further compromise the structural damage. This weight limit will continue until further notice.