(The Center Square) – Construction has begun on a replacement pedestrian bridge that will connect millions of users annually to Seattle’s waterfront.
The Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge will be a prestressed concrete cast-in-place bridge that will provide a 16-foot wide path instead of the original 13 feet. New lighting will be installed both above and below the bridge to improve safety and nighttime travel along the waterfront.
The bridge will provide a link between First Avenue and the Colman Dock at Marion Street. It will meet the existing bridge at Western Ave a few blocks away and will span the recently completed Alaskan Way.
Angela Brady, the director of the Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, highlighted aspects of the forthcoming bridge that will make pedestrian transit to and from the city center safe.
“We look forward to providing a clear link to the ferry terminal that will make navigating this busy area easier,” Brady said in a statement Monday. “The new bridge will provide a more comfortable and safer experience for commuters and will provide a unique architectural vantage point from which to enjoy Seattle’s new waterfront.”
The project is valued at $6.3 million, according to the Seattle Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects. It is jointly funded by the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Flatiron, an international construction company, is the contractor for the project. The company specializes in infrastructure projects, including bridges.
According to the Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, Seattle and WSDOT worked closely on the project’s specifics to “create efficiencies in the construction of the new Alaskan Way roadway, Marion Street Bridge and Colman Dock while maintaining access to and from.” the ferry port.”
Discussions between the city and WSDOT began in the summer of 2018.
There is currently a temporary bridge at Marion Street, Western Ave and Columbia Street that has provided connections for pedestrians to cross downtown from the waterfront since the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
The temporary bridge will be operational pending the completion of the new Marion Street bridge, which is due to open next summer, according to the Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects.
The entire waterfront construction project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, including the removal of the temporary bridge.