Judkins Park Station Access Project

What's Happening Now?

You've probably noticed that the Hiawatha Place Staircase project has been paused for a while. Well, we're here to tell you that we are back at work! The stairs have mostly been formed. The rails will be installed soon. And electric components for lighting are being installed as well. We expect the entire project (stairs included!) to be complete in Q1 of 2024. We are looking forward to it, and hope you are too!

Check Out This Project's Progress

A view of the Hiawatha Place Staircase from the Mountains to Sound Trail

A view of the Staircase from Hiawatha Pl S

The Hiawatha Place Staircase, from the side and from Hiawatha Pl South

The Staircase, frrom the side. 

Construction Vehicles parked at the bottom of what will become the Hiawatha Place Staircase. The staircase sides are complete, with concrete forming the structure of each platform/landing

One of the new Light Fixtures along the Moutains to Sound Trail.

The Mountains to Sound Trail, with a Light Fixture in place.


The Judkins Park light rail station is set to open in 2025. In preparation for this, in 2019 we asked the community how to make the area safer and more accessible. So we conducted the Judkins Park Station Access Study. We learned many things from it. For instance, the Mountains to Sound Trail needs more lighting to keep people who walk, run, roll, or bike safe. We can now confirm that all our changes reflect what the community wants and will complement the new light rail station. And with the money we received from the Sound Transit System Access Fund Program, we can construct these projects:

  • ADA compliant upgrades to walking areas
  • A new staircase on Hiawatha Pl S
  • Lighting for the Mountains to Sound Trail
  • Signalized pedestrian crossing at 23rd Ave S & S Grand St

Community Outreach

Visit this website if you want updates about the project. We will include our outreach materials in this section so you can see things like construction notices.

Project Map

Judkins Park New Trail Lighting and Hiawatha Stairway Connection

Map of the Mountains to Sound Trail winding through the Judkins Park area

Map Legend

Existing lighting along trail
New Trail Lighting
  Judkins Park station entrance
  Hiawatha Stairway Connection


  • Planning
    • Fall 2019 - Spring 2021
  • Design
    • Spring 2021 - Fall 2022
  • Construction (timeline subject to change based on weather conditions)
    • Winter 2023 - Fall 2023
  • Judkins Park Station Opening
    • 2025


  • Sound Transit System Access Fund Grant
  • Levy to Move Seattle


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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