33rd Ave W Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge

Updated July 8, 2024

What's Happening Now?

We’ve reached 90% design and are putting the project on indefinite pause while we search for funding to finalize design and construct this bridge. 

The new bridge will replace the existing bridge with a new angled alignment that is within the City right-of-way. The updated design includes: 

On the south end of the bridge:

  • Extending the project all the way to end of the trail (where it connects to 32nd Ave W), at the interface with the neighborhood on the south side, to include paving improvements along the trail.
  • Modifying the transition off the bridge at the south end to increase the curve and create a smoother transition onto the trail

Bridge structure:

  • The structure type has been updated to be twin steel support beams, which is both more economical and will better match the aesthetic of the area.
  • Adding lighting along the bridge.
  • Extending the walls and fencing adjacent to the bridge.

Aerial view 

A graphic map showing the progress of updates to the 33rd Ave W Bridge.

Rendering of 33rd Ave W Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge 

A graphic rendering of the future 33rd Ave W Pedestrian and Bicycle bridge

Profile view 

A profile view of option three for the 33rd Ave W Ped and Bike Bridge.

Example image: Concrete pedestrian bridge similar to proposed design 

A photo of a concrete pedestrian bridge similar to the proposed bridge design

Project overview

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is evaluating the feasibility and options to rehabilitate or to replace the 33rd Ave W Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge in Magnolia. While still safe to use, the bridge is showing signs of deterioration. This timber bridge connects people walking and biking across an active railroad corridor to Commodore Park and the Ballard Locks area. There are no plans to remove the 33rd Ave W bridge, and the bridge is still safe to use.

Project location 

Located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, the 33rd Ave W Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge is located near the Salmon Bay waterfront. The bridge is an important part of Seattle's biking and walking network and links Magnolia to Ballard and the Burke-Gilman Trail. The bridge crosses an active railroad corridor, which runs through the city from the Industrial District in the south to Broadview in the northwest.

Map of 33rd Ave W Bridge


30% Design - Late 2021
60% Design - Fall 2022 
Final Design - To be determined


The 33rd Ave W Pedestrian Bridge is partially funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Additional funding is being sought to complete final design and construction.

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Project materials

Outreach Summary Report (July 2021)

Survey Summary Report (June 2021)

Online Presentation Summary (September 2020)

Factsheet (August 2020)

Factsheet (May 2020)


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Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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