Hotel Interurban/Airmark Apartments can be seen in the background of the Southcenter Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by Kayse Angel

Hotel Interurban/Airmark Apartments can be seen in the background of the Southcenter Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by Kayse Angel

Southcenter Pedestrian Bridge now open

A three-in-one celebration took place today at 10 a.m.

The Southcenter Pedestrian Bridge may have been open for a couple months now but Friday, June 22 will mark its official opening.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. This three-in-one event begins with a dedication of the pedestrian bridge followed by a walk across it to the site of the Marvelle, an active senior living facility.

A ground breaking will be held at the Marvelle before proceeding to the final stop of the day — Hotel Interurban/Airmark Apartments.

A celebration will be held at the hotel/apartment complex. Parking Friday is available at Christensen Park, along Baker Boulevard and at Hotel Interurban. “(The bridge) is a game changer for the neighborhood,” Rachel Bianchi, communications and government relations manager said.

The pedestrian bridge is a huge step in making this area of Tukwila pedestrian and bike friendly. This project has been in the making for nearing 20 years.

Bianchi said the idea for the bridge first began in 2001 when the city received federal grants to create a master plan.

It wasn’t until 2005 that the city received a federal grant of $200,000 to start designing the bridge.

Now 13 years later, the bridge is no longer just an idea on paper.

The pedestrian bridge totals a little more than $10 million. Most of the funding needed to complete the bridge came from federal or state funding and grants. While about $1.4 million of it came from park impact fees.

To continue its goal of creating a pedestrian and bike friendly corridor, Bianchi said, the city is now looking at how to help get people across West Valley Highway.

She said currently people walk north to Longacres Way and cross at the light but the city is looking at other ways to get walkers and bikers across the highway.

“The goal for this area is to be a walkable, livable area with easy access to transit,” she said.

More improvements to the area

Other changes in this area of Tukwila include the addition of street parking and a bike lane along Baker Boulevard.

Bianchi said this street is now considered a festival street. The city is looking at ways it could utilize this for community


“We’ve created a new neighborhood where people can live, work and play,” she said.

The Marvelle is an active adult residential development, Bianchi said, that is expected to be seven stories and include 166 units.

It is expected to open near the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021, she said.

More in News

Law would prohibit eye tattoos in Washington state

Canada has already banned this procedure

Split Washington in two? 51st state movement highlights cultural divide

Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane introduces bill to establish state in Eastern Washington called Liberty

Repercussions could come to law enforcement who refuse I-1639, AG says

‘State and local law enforcement must uphold Washington law.’

Man struck and killed by train

The Seattle man was showing signs of suicidal behavior prior to the incident, according to Tukwila PD.

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, activists fight youth incarceration in King County

No New Youth Jail Coalition members send Valentines to King County officials asking them to reconsider funding priorities

Tukwila businesses face uncertain future with arrival of justice center

Project will cost nearly twice as much as expected; some immigrant business owners struggle with relocation

Photo courtesy of the Tukwila School District
                                Workers place turf on the new ballfields at Foster High School.
                                Submitted photo from the Tukwila School District
Construction began January at Foster, Showalter

All construction is estimated to be done in a year

Southbound traffic backs up as northbound drivers cruise on with ease on the Highway 99 viaduct on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
WSDOT hopes ‘Viadoom’ habits continue

The department credits commuters with adapting to the closure and mitigating impacts.

President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.

Most Read