Review the bridge alternatives

In February, the project team developed six potential design concepts. The community was asked which concepts they preferred and what aspects of each they liked or did not like. Based on feedback from the community and project partners, we developed two, more detailed alternatives and asked for feedback from July 26 through August 9. You can learn more about the most recent design alternatives below.

Both conceptual alternatives allow emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists safe and direct access to the waterfront. Both options are also ADA-accessible.

Land bridge design

The land bridge design’s distinguishing features include:

  • Wider, straight across-alignment at the top of the Connector
  • Various places to sit and enjoy the view
  • A framed viewpoint with no seating
  • Restroom facilities off to the side of the bridge landing

Promenade design

The promenade design’s distinguishing features include:

  • Slight angle at the top of the Connector
  • An unframed multi-directional lookout with seating at the bridge turn
  • Restroom facilities integrated underneath the bridge

Bridge elements

The project team has developed two guardrail and throw barrier options for the Waterfront Connector. A throw barrier is a type of protective screening used to prevent objects from being thrown from bridges and overpasses. Per BNSF requirements, typical throw barriers need to be 10 feet tall when passing over the train tracks. Typical guardrails need to be 54 inches tall to meet safety requirements.