S Lander St Bridge

What's happening now?

On the morning of August 16, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Mayor Ed Murray, Port Commissioner John Creighton, SODO business leader Todd Biesold and SODO BIA Executive Director Erin Goodman, announced a memorandum of understanding that directs an additional $10 million from the Port of Seattle toward completing the S Lander St Bridge Project, bringing the Port’s total financial contribution to $15 million. The project is estimated to cost $123 million, with funding through commitments from federal, state, and local partners. Last fall, the project was awarded a $45 million federal grant thanks to the advocacy of Senator Cantwell.

Public outreach

Project overview

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South Lander St is an essential east-west connection in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. Every day, the street serves over 13,000 vehicles, 1,400 pedestrians, 100 bicyclists, and needs to be closed over 100 times per day for train crossings. This active train crossing causes frequent traffic delays and poses a potential safety risk, especially for people walking and biking. As the region continues its rapid growth and rail operations in the area expand in the coming years, the S Lander St "bottleneck" could put the Pacific Northwest's economic vitality at risk.

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.

To improve local traffic circulation, rail operations, and safety, SDOT will build 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.



  • Project reactivated
  • Preliminary (30%) design complete
  • Public outreach began, feedback incorporated into design
  • Federal grant approved
  • Two open houses



  • Preliminary construction outreach began
  • 60% design
  • Open house


  • Continued preliminary construction outreach
  • Design complete


  • Pre-construction outreach begins
  • Project goes to bid


Early 2018

  • Construction begins

Early 2020

  • Construction complete

After completing final design, we revised the total project cost estimate to $123 million from $140 million. To fund this project, the city has worked over the past 18 months with project partners, including the USDOT, the State of Washington, Port of Seattle, and other partners to ensure this critical infrastructure and freight mobility project is fully funded. Now, with federal, state, and partnership funds, coupled with additional appropriations from Seattle City Council in Fall 2016, we will finally bring this long-sought project to fruition in 2018.

Get involved

We're committed to keeping you informed and working with neighbors to limit construction impacts to the extent feasible. Here are some ways to get more information about the project:

  • Review project materials linked below
  • Email the project team at lander_bridge@seattle.gov or call 206-684-5321
  • Request a briefing for your business or organization (contact us via phone or email)

Frequently asked questions

Why is this project important

The S Lander St Bridge will enhance mobility in this critical freight corridor and improve safety for people walking, biking, and driving.

How will the project create more reliable freight movement?

The bridge will create reliable access adjacent to one of the largest port operations in the United States. It will improve safety for the more than 3,000 freight rail cars per day on the tracks, and reduce truck delays, congestion and emissions for more than 13,000 vehicles each day including 1,400 surface freight trucks per day. This project will improve the reliability of the last-mile connections between the interstates and the Port of Seattle and area manufacturing in the Duwamish Manufacturing Industrial Council (MIC), the largest MIC in the state.

How will the bridge benefit people walking and biking?

The new bridge will feature a 14-foot walking/biking path on the north side of the bridge that is physically separated from the road. The bridge approaches will also include new curb ramps that meet current standards for accessibility.

Will this project address safety and access in the SODO neighborhood?

The project will increase safety by separating trains from people walking, biking, and driving and creates an unimpeded access point for emergency responders. The bridge also provides access between regional transit hubs and employment centers.

Information for contractors

SDOT plans to complete the project design and start bidding for the design-bid-build S Lander St Bridge Project in summer 2017.


State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Review

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) determined that the S Lander St Grade Separation and Railway Safety Project will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. As a result, SDOT issued a Determination of Non-significance on May 11, 2017. The DNS, Categorical Exclusion Worksheet, and supporting documents may be examined through the links below.

Categorical Exclusion Worksheet
Introduction and Project Description
Cultural Resources Assessment
Hazardous Materials Discipline Report
Noise Discipline Report
Visual Impact Assessment
Social Effects and Environmental Justice Discipline Report
Transportation Discipline Report