Today's hot weather (hey, we even got our very own excessive heat warning, just like Arizona!) is totally survivable—make homemade popsicles, put an ice cube on your head, make sure you adequately water your pets and children. But I hadn't put much thought into the the heat tolerance of our local transportation infrastructure until we received this press release moments ago:
SDOT Traffic Advisory: Brief interruptions on the University Bridge today for cooling
The Seattle Department of Transportation crews have begun flushing the University Bridge once an hour to keep it from getting too hot. The bridge will be closed to traffic for about 10 minutes each time. If the bridge gets too hot, it will likely expand which could then result in maintenance problems. The crews expect to continue this operation until the early evening when temperatures decrease.