Recently I had a chance to visit the Bridge Operator Tower on the Fremont Bridge and talk with some operators about the challenges they face daily balancing the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and vessels (both recreational and commercial). I was also able to observe the Fremont Bridge in operation and see first hand some of the many daily challenges faced by the Bridge Operators.
The Fremont Bridge is almost 100 years old having opened on June 17, 1917. The Fremont Bridge is one of five bridges between the entrance to Shilshole Bay and Lake Washington. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is a Seattle city Landmark.