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S Lander St Bridge Project

Visit our online open house September 19-30!

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Learn more through our online open house!
The project's second open house was held on September 22. If you missed it, you can still learn about current design and provide feedback! Visit our online open house available through September 30.

We want to hear from you! Click here to learn more about how you can provide input to SDOT.

Email: lander_bridge
@seattle.gov

Phone: 206-684-0178

 

Last updated 9/12/16

The S Lander St Bridge Project is now moving forward after being on hold for several years, and SDOT is currently refreshing the project design thanks to the voter approved Levy to Move Seattle and funding from the State legislature.

On July 6, 2016, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that this project has been selected to receive a $45 million award under the Federal FASTLANE Grant Program, the largest grant award for Washington state. This is a new grant program created under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and was passed by Congress in late 2015 to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country.

The City thanks the many project partners who helped support the successful grant application process. We are now closer than ever to fully funding this project, and we will continue working with our partners to close the remaining funding gap.

We welcome continued feedback from the community, so please feel free to email us at lander_bridge@seattle.gov.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Click to view mapS Lander St Today
Every day, roughly 100 train crossings occur on S Lander St and surrounding streets. As a result, the street is closed for nearly 5 hours per day, impacting the mobility of tens of thousands of people and affecting freight access to port and manufacturing facilities critical to the local and national economy. As the region continues its rapid growth and rail operations in the area expand in the coming years, the S Lander St "bottleneck" will further put at risk the Pacific Northwest's economic vitality.

Watch this time-lapse video of the S Lander St crossing to see typical weekday traffic volumes and interactions between the corridor's many users.

How Lander Will Be Fixed
The S Lander St Bridge project will construct a bridge over the railroad tracks on S Lander St between 1st Ave S and 4th Ave S. This crossing will provide a roadway unimpeded by rail operations, improve safety, and relieve congestion in Seattle's SODO neighborhood.

MILESTONES AND SCHEDULE

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is this project important?
The S Lander St Bridge Project will help relieve traffic congestion and improve safety for cars, pedestrians and bicycles in a key freight corridor.

How will the project create more reliable freight movement?
The grade separation will create dependable access to one of the largest port operations in the United States. It will improve freight train movements for more than 3,000 rail cars and reduce truck delays, congestion, and emissions for more than 13,000 vehicles each day. This key connection will also improve reliability of travel to Interstates 5 and 90 and other key national freight corridors.

Will this project address safety and access in the SODO neighborhood?
The project will increase safety by separating trains from people driving, walking, and riding bikes and create an unimpeded access point for emergency responders. The bridge also provides access between regional transit hubs and employment centers.

Why is SDOT updating the design?
Seattle's transportation system has gone through many changes since the project's previous design process in 2007. New bridges and ramps have been completed at SR 519 and S Spokane St, and the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel and roadway alignments are now known, all changing the way the area is used in meaningful ways. SDOT is reevaluating the design to ensure the most effective solution and the most efficient use of public funding.

How will construction impact businesses and commuter traffic in the area?
This project is still in the design phase, so no immediate impacts are anticipated. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018, and SDOT will work to ensure that all users of S Lander St and the adjacent area are informed about impacts during construction. In the long term, this project will greatly improve mobility and safety for users of the S Lander St corridor.

MATERIALS

HISTORY / ARCHIVE

From 2003-2007, SDOT began the early stages of design and the process of meeting with property owners immediately adjacent to the project. This work was conducted until the project was placed on hold in March 2008 due to funding limitations. Click here see planning documents from that effort.

FASTLANE GRANT

While on hold for several years due to funding limitations, the S Lander St Bridge Project has been reactivated thanks to the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle and appropriations from the Washington State legislature.

On July 6, 2016, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that this project has been selected to receive a $45 million award under the Federal FASTLANE Grant Program, the largest grant award for Washington State. This is a new grant program created under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and passed by Congress in late 2015 to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country.

For more information on the FASTLANE Grant Program, click here.

GET INVOLVED

SDOT is committed to engaging adjacent businesses, area stakeholders, and the broader community in these early project design conversations. You can get involved by emailing lander_bridge@seattle.gov or calling 206-684-0178.

Learn more through our online open house!
If you missed our second open house on September 22, you can still learn about current design and provide feedback! Visit our online open house available through September 30.

In addition to soliciting input, SDOT is committed to keeping the community informed through updates at key project milestones.

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