Two years after Sound Transit building closed a brief strolling and biking connection to the first Ave NE/N 117th Avenue bridge over I-5, the company has opened its alternative.
The brand new path connection is brief, however it’s a vital enchancment for folks making an attempt to entry the one considerably bike-friendly crossing of I-5 in a 3-mile stretch between the John Lewis Memorial Bridge and NE one hundred and fifty fifth Avenue in Shoreline. I say “considerably bike-friendly” as a result of the first Ave NE bridge doesn’t have bike lanes, however it’s lower-traffic than the closest alternate options: NE Northgate Method and NE a hundred and thirtieth Avenue. I-5 crossings are so uncommon that each attainable strolling and biking choice is treasured. The Seattle Bicycle Grasp Plan does name for protected bike lanes on the bridge, however they aren’t but funded.
The brand new path isn’t a replica of the earlier one. It connects to NE a hundred and fifteenth Avenue, a block south of the previous path which is now buried beneath gentle rail tracks. From a hundred and fifteenth, the connection travels south a block earlier than passing underneath the brand new tracks and connecting to 1st Ave NE. It doesn’t connect with any main citywide or regional bike routes, however it’s a big enchancment for individuals who stay or work close by.