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Pedestrian Bridge Updates

I was able to make it to yesterday's meeting at Neighborcare Health to discuss the development of the new pedestrian bridge and wanted to share my main takeaways:

  • The college has expressed approval with the new design alleviating concerns that disagreements would lead to no bridge.

  • The new design decreases costs and the maximum slope while improving visibility and addressing the concerns of North Seattle College.

  • The project has secured all necessary funding contingent on it being complete before the light rail opens.

  • It will take 10-15 minutes to walk from the base of the bridge to the entrance of the transit center.

  • The bridge will incorporate scenic overlooks and art installation(s).

  • There is no bike/pedestrian or direction lane separation planned for the bridge. Instead, users will be expected to utilize the generously wide (16ft) path to follow standard right of way rules. Additionally, visual and tactile cues will be added near mixing areas, transition zones, and overlooks providing helpful cues to bicyclists.

  • VIA Architecture expressed pride in their work to create an affordable design that will still be an enjoyable experience to walk over, highlight the beauty inherit on both sides of I5, and act as another North Seattle landmark.

  • Talking with Eric from VIA Architecture, I learned that they use VR to verify what a realistic experience of their designs will be once built.

I also learned about a ton of other exciting things planned for Licton Springs and the surrounding area that will be rolling out over the next few years. Expect a follow-up post with a full overview of all these changes and when we can expect them.


A new bridge is set to bring two Seattle neighbourhoods closer together

Licton Springs is set to feel even more connected to Maple Leaf and the rest of the Northgate area. With the construction of a pedestrian bridge on 100th, you will never have to walk more than 5 minutes North or South to cross over I5 and into Maple Leaf. This bridge is set to complement the existing Northgate Way underpass, 92nd overpass, and nearby 80th overpass directly connecting Licton Springs to the Northgate Transit Station and upcoming light rail:

Existing routes over I5

The bridge is proposed to be built at the north end of North Seattle College, giving it a straight path over to the transit center:

Proposed location Proposed location

To find out more about the plans for the new pedestrian bridge you can read Seattle's official overview of the project. There are also 3 upcoming opportunities to give feedback on the project before construction begins:

In related news, at the same time as the bridge will be under construction, it seems likely an improved Northgate Mall will also be underway to welcome us upon completion:

Northgate Mall plans huge overhaul with housing, offices as North Seattle transforms

It appears exciting times are ahead for Licton Springs and North Seattle!