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City, State and Community Leaders Celebrate Start of Construction of Northgate Bridge

Project Will Connect Licton Springs and North Seattle
College to Future Northgate Link Light Rail station

SEATTLE (February 5, 2020) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A.
Durkan and Councilmember Debora Juarez hosted a groundbreaking celebration to
mark the start of construction on the Northgate
Pedestrian and Bike Bridge
over Interstate 5. They were joined by other
civic leaders, transportation agency partners, and community organizations who
have supported this project.

The bridge will connect the future Northgate light rail
station to North Seattle College and reconnect
two communities that have been divided by I-5 for nearly 60 years. The bridge
will improve walking and biking access to the future Link light rail station
and will help connect the neighborhood’s job and retail centers with the rest
of the city and region. Construction is expected to be complete in fall of
2021.

“Our City is under construction before our eyes and
investments like light rail will be transformational for North Seattle. This
bridge will be an important connection between the reimagined Northgate with
light rail and North Seattle College, and will provide convenient and safe
routes for pedestrians and bikers,” said Mayor Durkan. “I want to thank all the
community partners who have helped us make this project a reality, including
Representatives Valdez and Pollet, and Senator Frockt, who along with bike and
neighborhood advocates helped Seattle achieve this important milestone.”

This area of North Seattle is changing and growing rapidly.
This project will connect community amenities like North Seattle College on the
west side of I-5 to transit, Northgate Mall, and the future National Hockey League
Ice Centre – and neighborhoods on both sides of I-5 to retail, medical, and
social services.

“The Northgate Pedestrian Bike Community Bridge is another
example of North Seattle’s growing vitality. This community bridge demonstrates
growth with grace as we work towards density and more connectivity in our great
city. Our community bridge will connect all of us to better transportation,
jobs, entertainment, healthcare, and education. We couldn’t have built this
amazing bridge without the support and collaboration of WSDOT, our 46th
District legislators, the Mayor and the welcoming North Seattle community,”
said Councilmember Debora
Juarez
(District 5, North Seattle).

“North Seattle College has thousands of students and staff
that will benefit from the access that the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle
Bridge and the light rail will provide” said North Seattle College President
Dr. Warren Brown. “Without a doubt, this project is an educational lifeline for
our students.”

“When light rail opens at Northgate next year, we expect
that more than 40,000 riders will board at the station daily,” said Sound
Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.  “We were glad to invest $10 million in this
bridge, because we want to make access to Link light rail as convenient and
safe as possible for everyone – students, neighbors, pedestrians and bike
riders.”

The Northgate Pedestrian and Bike Bridge Project is funded
by the voter-approved Move Seattle Levy, Sound Transit, Washington State, and
additional local sources. Throughout design, the project benefited from the
involvement of nearby residents and businesses, North Seattle College, and bike
and pedestrian advocates.

“Your 46th District legislators have supported and provided
state investment in the Northgate Pedestrian and Bike Bridge to sew our
community together. We look forward to students and residents relying on state
employment or other services being able to quickly walk from light rail to
North Seattle College and our State’s Opportunity Center,” said Senator David
Frockt, Representative Javier Valdez and Gerry Pollet.

“Cascade Bicycle Club has advocated for a bicycle and
pedestrian bridge at the Northgate light rail station since 2011, so we are
thrilled to see construction begin on this critical connection,” said
Richard Smith, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club. “We would like
to thank Mayor Durkan for her support for this pedestrian and bike bridge that
will help people safely navigate between Northgate and the new light rail
station.”

Kraemer North America, the contractor selected to lead the
work, and TranTech, the construction management team, began construction
activities last month on the east side of I-5, and will be starting this month
on the North Seattle College campus on the west side of I-5. Preliminary
construction activities include installing drainage, clearing vegetation and
preparing for drilling for the bridge shafts. The concrete bridge girders that
will eventually span I-5 are being constructed off site. Drivers can expect to
see some construction equipment and cranes around the project site as they pass
through the area on I-5 between N 92nd St and N Northgate Way.

“This bridge will be an important nexus for people
throughout Seattle” said SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe. “It will connect to safe
routes like the newly completed North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway, provide
convenient access to educational and job opportunities, and rejoin two
long-divided communities.”

New visual renderings of the bridge are available online: aerial
view
, ground
view
, North
Seattle College walkway
, artistic
sketch

To learn more about the project and what to expect from
bridge construction, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/NorthgatePedBridge.

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