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May 19, 2023

Highway/Transportation $5 Million to $15 Million

Photo courtesy of The Walsh Group
The new bridge features a 30-foot-tall artwork representing the flora and fauna of the waterfront.

Union Street Pedestrian Bridge Waterfront Access

Location: Seattle

General contractor: The Walsh Group

With the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the focus on creating pedestrian- and tourist-friendly access between Western Avenue near the Pike Place Market and the waterfront, the city of Seattle addressed the grade issue by soliciting the design and construction of an attractive and ADA-accessible stairway and elevator structure, part of the many key east-west streets the city will improve.

The Union Street pedestrian bridge provides a universally accessible connection between the downtown core and the new waterfront with a wider walkway, stairway, and an elevator with a commanding view of the Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle Aquarium and Elliott Bay. Pedestrian lighting is integrated in the railings of the bridge and stairs, underneath the bridge deck and within the elevator.

The project features a 30-foot-tall artwork representing the flora and fauna of the waterfront by Seattle artist Norie Sato, bringing attention to the environment found near the waterfront.

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