The north landing resides on the Washington State University campus. The landing is aligned to provide easy access to the central spine of the WSU campus, Main Street and to MLK Jr. Way.
The south landing resides on a triangular section bounded by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) to the north and Riverside Avenue to the south.
North Landing and Landscaping
The north landing is made up of a staircase and ADA assessable ramp for access to the pedestrian bridge. The landing is aligned to provide easy access to the central spine of the WSU campus, Main Street and to MLK Jr. Way.
Bridge: The cable-stayed bridge has a total length of approximately 370 feet and at its highest point on the central pier will rise 120 feet above the ground line of MLK JR. Way.
Riverside Avenue Crossing
Riverside Avenue is currently an undeveloped City right-of-way. The surface is very rough with a multitude of potholes in a gravel surface. As part of this project, only a simple asphalt crossing of this roadway is included. The asphalt will be placed at the entrance of the staircase and ramp and will only be wide enough to provide access to the pathway connection to Sprague Avenue. Upgrades to the remaining portions of Riverside Avenue are not included in the project.
Connection to Sprague Avenue
A connection between Sprague and Riverside Avenues will be provided along the alignment of Sherman Street. This alignment allows for users of the facility coming from the south to access the north side of Sprague and the bridge by using an existing signalized intersection. As part of this project, this pathway will be a simple asphalt walkway with lighting for safety. Additional amenities and landscaping for this connection would need to be accomplished in future projects.
South Landing and Landscaping
The south landing resides on a triangular section bounded by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) to the north and Riverside Avenue to the south. A portion of the triangle will accommodate a stair case and ADA assessable ramp for access to the bridge. The remaining portion of the triangle will have low maintenance landscaping but could be used for a park or other green space in the future.
The University District is an emerging area targeted for new and redevelopment growth. The vision is to foster development of the neighborhood into a vibrant mixed use area. Elements could include housing and services for the college campuses to the north and for the Medical District on its southern border. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe bisects the University District and separates the southern commercial and multi-use area from the northern institutional area breaking up the connectivity between the two. This pedestrian bicycle bridge is the critical missing link for this developing corridor and will provide an iconic sense of place.
The history and timeline for the bridge has been ongoing for approximately 10 years. The need for the bridge was identified in 2004. A type size and location study (TS&L) was conducted in 2010-2011 with input from the public and key stakeholders, such as the Mayor’s Advisory Committee that represented interests and concerns for the area.
This phase, the Plan, Specifications and Engineers Construction Cost Estimate (PS&E), involves surveying, project aesthetics, civil and structural engineering, geotechnical exploration, urban planning and design, permitting assistance, public involvement and real estate appraisal. It will be completed in 2014.
Draft renderings and brief descriptions of the various components of the project are below.