City of Seattle, WA

08/02/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/02/2021 17:45

LEVY DOLLARS AT WORK | Thank you for joining us in celebrating the new Fairview Ave N Bridge last weekend!

We were so happy to welcome neighbors to enjoy the new Fairview Ave N Bridge at our opening event on July 24.

The bridge is officially open to people walking, rolling, biking, driving, and taking transit. We hope you are enjoying it so far!

We are grateful to all of our partners who made this project possible.

The new bridge is one of the most significant investments of your Levy to Move Seattle tax dollars - hence the stamp! Rebuilding this aging and vulnerable bridge was included as part of the Levy to Move Seattle package passed by voters in 2015.

'Replacing Seattle's last wooden bridge was a critical safety project for Seattle' said Mayor Jenny Durkan. 'This bridge was completed in time for tens of thousands of people to return to offices in South Lake Union and downtown. Congratulations to SDOT on a job well done.'

'In a city carved by waterways and ravines, all modes of transportation rely on bridges to connect our communities and keep our economy moving,' said Seattle Councilmember Alex Pedersen, who chairs the Transportation Committee and represents the Eastlake neighborhood. 'After the emergency closure of the West Seattle Bridge followed by the audit I ordered to assess all our aging bridges, I am hopeful all policymakers will prioritize these vital connections by providing the resources we need. Replacing the wooden Fairview Avenue Bridge to reconnect the Eastlake neighborhood with our downtown job centers is just the beginning of the vital work needed to keep our bridge infrastructure safe for generations. '

'I want to recognize community members and nearby businesses for their patience during construction, and thank our partners at WSDOT, Public Works Board, and Transportation Improvement Board for supporting the project,' said SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe. 'Most of all, I want to thank Seattle voters who approved the Levy to Move Seattle in 2015, making this and so many other critical transportation investments possible.'

'It's exciting to be standing on this newly completed bridge which will help connect communities for decades to come,' said Ashley Probart, Executive Director of the Transportation Improvement Board. 'We're proud to have partnered with the City of Seattle on this project, which is the latest of 145 miles of transportation improvements that we've worked with to build together over the past 25 years.'

'It is always rewarding to see the community's excitement when a project like this reaches completion,' said Public Works Board Chair Kathryn Gardow. 'We're proud to work with these great partners to help amplify the funding available through local sources like the Levy to Move Seattle, allowing the City of Seattle to achieve more with their resources.'

'Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has been fortunate to collaborate with SDOT and the City of Seattle to ensure this project and the new bridge serves our community,' said Rebecca Bryant of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 'It's completion will help us continue to build opportunities for our science, and support our mission to eliminate cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.'