Northgate Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge will provide a connection for a growing neighbourhood where a light rail station is set to open next year.
A 10-lane interstate highway currently divides the neighbourhood of Northgate; to walk between North Seattle College and the existing transit centre takes 25 minutes or more. The 580m-long pedestrian and cycle bridge will provide a link across the I-5 highway, landing at the college on the west side and near the future light rail station on the east side. It is designed to be accessible for all ages and abilities.
A new design team was formed in 2016 to help reduce project costs and meet project goals. The original enclosed tube and truss design was changed to a more open structure. Other changes included shortening the overall length of the bridge, reducing the width of the walkway and simplifying the approach to construction.