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Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Revised: January 22, 2015


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 at the intersection of Yesler Way and Terrace St over 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 Bridge Rehabilitation Project will improve safety and reliability while preserving the bridge’s historical elements. The Yesler Way Bridge is vital in connecting residents, commuters, workers and businesses in the surrounding area and neighborhoods.

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


  • Remove interior steel columns to form a single span superstructure
  • Rehabilitate east abutment wall and replace west abutment wall
  • Reconstruct the northwest staircase
  • Rehabilitate and preserve the key historic features of the bridge, which include:
    • North and south fascia girders, columns, cladding, capitals and corbels
    • North and south pedestrian railings
    • Decorative lighting on north fascia girder
  • Improve intersection design to reduce crosswalk distance, accommodate ADA and increase user safety
  • Provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps at crosswalk locations within the project area, where feasible


The project is approaching the 90% design phase. The project team anticipates construction to begin late 2015 and last for approximately one year.

October 2014: 60% Design
March 2015: 90% Design
August 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. An open house will be held in the spring following the completion of 90 % 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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