Northgate Pedestrian Bridge

Review Status

On May 18, 2017, we reviewed the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge project. The purpose of this meeting was to review the concept design phase, which has undergone significant design changes since the previous review in September 2015. After the presentation and discussion, we voted to approve the concept design phase for the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge with several recommendation.

Project Description

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing to design and construct a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across I-5 connecting North Seattle College and the Licton Springs neighborhood to the west with Northgate Mall, the future Sound Transit light rail station, and the eastern portion of the Northgate Urban Center. The west end of the bridge would be located on the North Seattle College Campus near N 100th St. The east end of the bridge would land adjacent to the future light rail station along 1st Ave NE at NE 100th St and include a spur linking directly to the mezzanine level of the light rail station.

We originally reviewed the project in 2014-15. Originally, the project had an estimated cost of $60 million to be funded through local, regional, state, and federal organizations. The project did not obtain a Federal TIGER grant, resulting in a loss of $25 million in potential funding. Accordingly, the project was placed on hold in early 2016 and reactivated in fall 2016 with a revised budget of $35 million. The current bridge plan reflects design updates to reduce overall costs.

May 18, 2017

September 17, 2015

August 7, 2014