The $10 million West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass construction will begin next week. The overpass will connect lower Queen Anne to Myrtle Edwards Park, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
This will improve safety and pedestrian access across Elliott Avenue West and Burlington Santa Fe railroad tracks. The bridge also allowed cyclists to go between the bike trail in Myrtle Edwards Park and the future Lake to Bay Loop, which will run between South Lake Union and Seattle Center.
The east side of the construction will not begin until after Aug. 29.
The overpass has been in the making for about eight years. The originally construction date was in 2005. It is being funded through Seattle Parks and Recreation grants, a King County grant, a Puget Sound regional grant, and private donations.
The overpass is scheduled to open in Spring 2012.
Davis Law Group is pleased to hear that this overpass is finally being built! With the amount of bicycle accidents in the Seattle area lately, we are glad to see the creation of an accident prevention system.