NE 12th Street Pedestrian Bridge

The Northeast 12th Street Pedestrian Bridge, downtown between 108th and 110th Avenue Northeast, was originally constructed in 1969 as a safe pedestrian path across Northeast 12th Street. It provided a route to the old Ashwood Elementary School from neighborhoods to the north. The 386-foot long, timber arch bridge previously was rehabilitated in 1994 and in 2007.

In May 2018 the structure was inspected by King County Bridge crews as part of a federally required inspection. In August 2018 KPFF Consulting Engineers inspected it again and discovered rot on a bridge support had compromised the structure. Temporary shoring was added and the bridge was closed to pedestrians. The shoring also required closing the sidewalk on the north side of the bridge, as well as the westbound curb lane on Northeast 12th Street. Both the sidewalk and curb lane remain closed.

Since then, a determination was made to demolish the bridge in 2019. A project mailer provides more information. 

The consultants determined that repairing or rehabilitating the bridge would not be cost effective options. The cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $6 million, while the cost to remove it is estimated at $310,000. The roadway crossing at the nearby intersection provides for a shorter, safe crossing for users.


Teresa Becker



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