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Wayne Curve

The Wayne Curve between Kenmore and Bothell was along the brick paved portion of the Pacific Highway. At this corner was the intersection of the Pacific Hwy and Lake Washington Boulevard. 

The bridge was built over the old Northern Pacific Sumas Branch. Originally it was the Seattle Lakeshore and eastern. The bridge was torn down when pieces of concrete fell from the deteriorating bridge. Today not much remains. You can still drive up to and park on the south side and walk out on a small portion that remains.

From the application for the bridge to be placed on the Nat. Historic Register.

The completion of the Pacific Highway in 1915 was the first paved road around the northern end of Lake Washington and is seen as the transition to modern automobile transportation and easy access to the city. This has been an important component of Bothell’s early transportation network.

A wagon road already existed to Seattle, an outgrowth of early logging activities, but it was insufficient for automobile traffic. The first auto appeared in Bothell in 1906. With the motor car gaining in popularity throughout the county, a search was on for a suitable type of permanent pavement. 

The county decided to experiment with bricks on the four mile stretch from Lake Forest Park to Bothell. The necessary gravel came from the pit at Kenmore and trainloads of vitrified bricks from Renton were deposited at a siding near Swamp Creek. 

The bricks were laid in stretcher bond (up on their narrow side, lengthwise, offset by 1/2 brick lengths). The bricks were laid by hand, one at a time, by scores of immigrant laborers, many of them Greeks and Italians. Laborers knelt down to place the bricks one by one and seal them in place with mortar.

The Wayne Curve

Looking west on the restored portion.

The Wayne Curve Bridge today 2011.

The Wayne Curve Bridge 1919.

 


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