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Making old new again: The Rehabilitation of the Yesler Way Bridge

Built in 1910, the Yesler Way Bridge is one of the oldest permanent steel roadway bridges in Seattle. It plays a key role in connecting residents, commuters, workers, and businesses to Pioneer Square, the Chinatown/International District, and Downtown.

Throwback of the Yesler Bridge

Yesler Way Bridge over 4th Ave S under construction in 1910

To improve safety and reliability, while maintaining its historical significance, we spent the last two years working with the Pioneer Square Preservation Board and the community on a plan and design to rehabilitate the bridge. Now we are ready to start construction (as soon as next month)! Construction will continue through fall 2017. During construction, the Yesler Way Bridge will be closed to all vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

To prepare the community for construction, we’ll be hosting an open house on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from 4-6:30 PM at Yesler Community Center (917 E Yesler Way). It’ll be a great way to learn about construction impacts, detours routes, and talk with project staff.

Map of Yesler Bridge

Planned closures during Yesler Bridge construction

For the latest information on the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project, check out our factsheet or visit our website. If you have any questions, get in touch with us at or (206) 684-8684.