Shortcut: Construction on the Northgate bike/walk bridge will begin next month

Editor’s Note: This post introduces a new type of post on Seattle Bike Blog I am calling a “shortcut.” Shortcuts could be many things, but they will all be short. They could be a quick link to a survey or advocacy alert. Maybe there’s a project update that doesn’t need much new reporting. Or maybe another news outlet has reported something I think you should all see. I am hoping that Shortcuts will be a way to get more news to you more quickly and create more prompts for comments and conversation, but in a way that differentiates these quick posts from my longer posts with more original reporting or commentary. So let me know what you think in the comments below.

Concept image looking east across the future bridge. It is one wide space shared by people walking and biking.It’s really happening! Work is just weeks away from starting on the Northgate bike/walk bridge over I-5, and the goal is still to have it open by the time Northgate Station begins light rail service in September 2021. It’s a complicated project, so it could be cutting it close depending on construction delays.

The start of the project has already been delayed several times, including a major redesign after the original design’s bids came in much higher than budgeted. The trail will be 16 feet wide and connect the station to North Seattle College, dramatically increasing the number of homes west of I-5 within a short walk or bike ride of the new light rail station.

SDOT is hosting a series of open houses the second week of January for people who want to learn more about the project or project construction. Details from SDOT:

We’re excited to announce that construction will begin as soon as early 2020! To prepare for this next phase, we’re hosting three drop-in sessions in early January.

Attend a session to:

  • Learn about how this project will connect communities on the east and west sides of I-5 in north Seattle
  • Review information at your own speed and get one-on-one engagement with project experts
  • Learn about the project schedule and what to expect during construction

Join us

Tuesday, January 7: 12 – 1:30 PM
North Seattle College, The Grove
9600 College Way N

Wednesday, January 8: 8 – 9:30 AM
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th St

Thursday, January 9: 5 – 6:30 PM
Olympic View Elementary
504 NE 95th St

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5 Responses to Shortcut: Construction on the Northgate bike/walk bridge will begin next month

  1. Patty Lyman says:

    It’s about time!

  2. Southeasterner says:

    Safe to assume Sound Transit will charge cyclists $50 per year to access 6 bike lockers and provide minimal open air bike racks while charging $0 to drivers who park in a massive 500 stall covered parking garage.

    But hey we should probably thank the roadway gods for the privileged of being able to cross a monstrous highway that ripped apart communities and completely cut off east-west access.

  3. Gordon says:

    I like the idea of more frequent posting, even if they lack your usual insightful analysis. cheers

  4. (Another) Tom says:

    I am always pro short cut.

    “It’s like an 1/8″ on the map. We can just bushwack it!”

  5. Phillip Duggan says:

    I love the idea of shortcuts as a post type.

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