Milestone this weekend for Lander Street Bridge project

(View from the pedestrian walkway: Lander St. Bridge’s concrete columns and crossbeams taking shape)

The photo is from SDOT, accompanying the first update in a while on the Lander Street Bridge project, long awaited by many who travel to and from our area through/to SODO:

It’s been over a year since construction began on the Lander St Bridge project, and the bridge foundation is beginning to take shape. This spring, the contractor successfully drilled 10 shafts and finished pouring columns for the bridge foundation.

Starting this weekend, crews will begin hanging girders, or beams, that will ultimately support the bridge deck, otherwise known as the roadway or walkway surface. Rebar and carpentry crews will be working during the day and night on these girders. Crews will begin pouring concrete to form the bridge deck over the summer.

The $100 million bridge is expected to open early next year.

10 Replies to "Milestone this weekend for Lander Street Bridge project"

  • Brayton June 8, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    Oh, wow. That’s a lot further along than I expected. This should help traffic flow and safety.I hope they close off the area beneath so it doesn’t become another homeless camp.

  • WGA June 8, 2019 (3:46 pm)

    I drove past there last weekend and was suprised at the progress a well.Does anyone know what’s happening with S. Horton just south of S. Lander? They have a  detour for westbound traffic. Returning from Costco has been a little more circuitous than before.I’m guessing water or sewer main work and wondering when it will be finished. (Its been a couple of weeks, maybe they are done.)

    • WS commuter June 8, 2019 (6:16 pm)

      The South Horton detour is for the duration of the Lander Bridge construction. The detour was created to prevent a back up of cars at the 1st Ave & Horton stop light. The city was concerned the back up could extend onto the railroad tracks. So the detour was created to bring traffic to Occidental Ave and have cars turn at 1st and Hanford. 

    • KM June 8, 2019 (7:23 pm)

      I’ve seen several people post about this detour @ Horton. I followed it and it only added a minute of travel time–I’m wondering if people aren’t using the posted detour? If you follow the detour, it’s only block or two out of the way. I haven’t been to that Costco before so I can’t really place where it is in my mind–maybe there is some signage that is making it more confusing coming from that direction?

  • JosephK June 8, 2019 (3:48 pm)

    Nice to see some progress, but it seems slower than expected.

  • KM June 8, 2019 (7:30 pm)

    It’s a long overdue project, I’m excited for the completion. The issue with the completed bridge is that there is only pedestrian access on one side of the street, that’s going to be a crowded sidewalk considering they’ve designed it with cyclists on the sidewalk in mind (according to the design mockups.) Drivers don’t take kindly to cyclists taking this road here (or many places, really), and it’s a dangerous combo with the number of trucks there too. Really disappointed they dropped the ball there.

  • rw June 8, 2019 (8:14 pm)

    I visited the Antiques Mall a few weeks ago. The noise from the Lander project got to me within minutes. I can’t imagine the nerve jangling hell the employees there and at neighboring businesses have had to endure.

  • Bill June 8, 2019 (9:15 pm)

    As a person who rides a bike, I’m happy to take the lane with trucks around, I know they are gonna be careful. If the city isn’t putting proper bike infrastructure in, then they are telling us taking the lane is the safer, better option. I’m not siding pedestrians on the sidewalk. I guess we’ll see that it looks line when it’s done. Hopefully, there’s room for all on the road.

  • Gary June 9, 2019 (10:07 am)

    Really glad to hear this..that street has been a nightmare for years (both directions).

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