Building scheduled to start early subsequent 12 months, full in late 2023
VANCOUVER – Because of enter from the neighborhood, the Washington State Division of Transportation has picked the design for the brand new SR 500 pedestrian/bicycle crossing at NE 54th Avenue/NE Stapleton Highway. WSDOT heard from individuals who stroll, bike and roll within the space that their highest priorities for the brand new bridge have been security, future upkeep, value, bicycle maneuverability, proper‐of‐method, constructability and hall continuity.
WSDOT included these priorities into the ultimate bridge design, which is able to restore entry throughout the freeway for non-motorized vacationers. The brand new construction will accommodate two-way pedestrian and bike visitors by incorporating straight ramps with a gradual incline and extensive turning radii so individuals on bikes, wheelchairs or different mobility gadgets can simply climb the grade and make the turns.
The bridge design additionally features a touchdown halfway alongside every ramp on either side to offer a resting spot so customers of all ages and talents can take a break whereas utilizing the bridge to cross the freeway. To make sure continuity alongside the freeway, the brand new bridge can be constructed of concrete just like the close by pedestrian overcrossing at Northeast Falk Highway/Northeast forty second Avenue.
As soon as full, the bodily separation between pedestrians, bicyclists and high-speed autos on SR 500 will create a a lot safer and extra comfy surroundings for the roadway’s most weak customers. As quickly as mid-2023, and following the aggressive bidding course of, building is scheduled to start. The brand new construction is scheduled to being in late 2023.
For security, resulting from a excessive variety of crashes at or close to the intersections of SR 500 and Northeast Falk Highway/Northeast forty second Avenue and 54th Avenue/Northeast Stapleton Highway, WSDOT eliminated the visitors lights at this location in 2018 and made a dedication to return to revive the north/south connection throughout the freeway for these most affected by the protection enhancements – pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and talents who expertise longer out-of-direction journey.