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Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is committed to maintaining safety for all users of Yesler Way in downtown Seattle. The Yesler Way Bridge over 4th Ave S needs to be updated to meet SDOT objectives for safety, service life and maintenance.

The Yesler Way Bridge is located over 4th Ave S at the intersection of Yesler Way, Terrace Street and 4th Ave S, just a few blocks north of Seattle’s King Street Station. Built in 1910, the bridge is one of the oldest permanent steel roadway bridges in the City of Seattle. The Yesler Way Bridge Rehabilitation Project will address safety and maintenance risks associated with this substandard and aging structure along with preserving its historic features.

The bridge displays unique and historic design elements which include decorative pedestrian railings, ornamental capitals, casings, and corbels on the exterior “fascia” girders.


  • Replace the existing three-span superstructure with a new single-span superstructure
  • Replace the existing west abutment wall
  • Reconstruct the northwest staircase
  • Remove the interior steel columns
  • Rehabilitate the east abutment wall
  • Rehabilitate and preserve the key historic features of the bridge, which includes:
    • North and south fascia girders, columns, cladding, capitals and corbels
    • North and south pedestrian railings
    • Decorative lighting on north fascia girder
  • Provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps at crosswalk locations within the project area, where feasible.


The project is currently approaching 60 percent design. The project team anticipates construction to begin during the summer of 2015 and last for approximately one year.

August 2014: 60% Design
January 2015: 90% Design
April 2015: Final Design
Winter 2015: Begin Construction
Fall 2016: Project complete


SDOT is committed to engaging with the community and understanding their needs in the project area. The project team will host briefings, informal drop-in sessions and open houses at various stages throughout design and construction to engage interested and affected stakeholders. The first open house will be held shortly after the project reaches 60 percent design.

Due to the historical significance of the bridge, the outreach team will continue to work closely with the Pioneer Square Historic Preservation Board and International Special Review District Board to balance safety with preservation and mitigate project impacts on historic resources in the neighborhood.

Project Materials


Yesler Way Bridge Over 4th Ave S under construction in 1910

Yesler Way Bridge Over 4th Ave S (1920)

Existing Yesler Way Bridge Over 4th Ave

Historic features on the Yesler Way Bridge


The total project budget is $16.1 million and funding for the project comes from the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy passed by voters in November 2006 and a grant from the Federal Highway Bridge Program.


If you have questions or comments about the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project, please contact us at:

Maribel Cruz
Public Information officer
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