City of Kenmore hosts grand opening celebration of West Sammamish River Bridge

The celebration will take place on the bridge on August 11 from 6-10 p.m.

The City of Kenmore invites the public to celebrate the completion of the West (Southbound) Sammamish River Bridge on August 11 from 6-10 p.m. The new bridge replaces the original southbound bridge that was constructed in the 1930s and had reached the end of its life.

“The completion of the new West Sammamish River Bridge, a true legacy project for Kenmore, is certainly a cause for celebration,” said Mayor Nigel Herbig.

The community celebration will take place on the bridge, and will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Guest speakers include U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene, State Representative Javier Valdez, Bastyr University President Dr. Devin Byrd, and Kenmore Mayor Nigel Herbig.

Free food will be available to the first 1,000 guests, in addition to giveaways for the first 1,500 guests. Immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony, live music will be provided by Blue Wave. Additional activities consist of face painting and magician performances. To close the ceremony, a fireworks display will kick off at 9:30 p.m.

“The bridge’s purpose is more than just about cars, but supporting alternate modes of transportation, too,” said Deputy Mayor Melanie O’Cain. “We are proud of the 16-foot-wide promenade that is fully protected from cars and provides a safe and comfortable experience for pedestrians and cyclists.”

The construction of the new bridge began in March of 2020–after eight years of planning and securing $43 million in state, local and federal funding sources.

Since the bridge will be closed starting at 11 a.m. on August 11, those interested in attending are encouraged to walk, bike or take public transportation to the celebration. The boat launch at Rhododendron Park will also be closed on event day at noon.

The City of Kenmore will be providing two free ADA accessible shuttle stations at Epiphany Lutheran Church and Kenmore Community Church. Shuttles to the event will run from 5:45- 8:45 p.m., and will shuttle back to the parking lots continuously until 10:15 p.m.