Announcing Council Endorsements, UW Student Survey, and New I-5 Bridges

Hello! We hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We know there are so many urgent issues demanding your attention as we navigate this crisis, but take solace in knowing that we continue to plan long-term for better days ahead.

In today’s newsletter:

  1. Councilmembers Strauss and Lewis endorse Lid I-5.
  2. Take a student survey about a potential I-5 lid in the University District.
  3. New pedestrian/bicycle bridges will cross I-5 in Seattle and Shoreline.


Seattle City Council Endorsements

Lid I-5 is pleased to accept the formal endorsements of two newly elected Councilmembers: Dan Strauss (District 6) and Andrew J. Lewis (District 7). They join at-large Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, and two state legislators in the 43rd District, Senator Jamie Pedersen and Representative Nicole Macri.

Thank you Dan and Andrew for your support! By working together with our public leaders, Lid I-5 will lead the way on progress for our shared vision.

Dan Strauss
Beginning in his first ever job as a paperboy for the Ballard News Tribune, Strauss has focused his career in public service. Most recently, Strauss served as a senior policy advisor for former Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, and as a legislative assistant to Senator David Frockt.

In 2016 he helped the Alliance for Gun Responsibility pass the Extreme Risk Protection Orders Initiative (I-1491), which passed in 2016 with more than 70 percent of the vote. Strauss has also volunteered for the Northwest Youth Corps, King County Search and Rescue, and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, and on several service missions in and out of state.

Andrew J. Lewis
Lewis is a fifth generation Washingtonian, born and raised in Seattle. The son of a heavy equipment operator for Seattle City Light and a nurse at Harborview, Lewis believes that Seattle needs to protect, serve, and advocate for all of its citizens.

Lewis most recently worked as an assistant city attorney in the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. Before practicing law, Lewis served on the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the Rental Housing Inspection Stakeholder Committee, the executive board of the 36th District Democrats, and as a delegate to the MLK County Labor Council.

U District Lid – Take the Survey!

Second only to the Center City in popularity, an I-5 lid reconnecting Wallingford and the University District has long been envisioned by locals. Now, students at the University of Washington’s Community, Environment, and Planning program are studying the idea and want your input.

Whether you live, work, or play in the area, take a few minutes to support their effort and share your perspective on safety, transportation, and urban design.

Take the survey now (open until May 17).

The potential lid site between 45th Street (left bridge) and 50th Street.

Progress on I-5 Pedestrian Bridges

While I-5 supports regional commerce, it also creates a major barrier to businesses and people along its path, in cities big and small. That’s why communities are continually working to bridge the gap.

We’re excited to see progress on two new pedestrian and bicycle bridges reconnecting neighborhoods split by I-5.

In Seattle, ground broke on the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge in February. It will connect the new Northgate Light Rail Station with the west side of the neighborhood, providing a direct route and welcome alternative to an exceedingly long detour around the interstate. Both the station and connecting bridge are due to open in the fall of 2021. The bridge will span 1,900 feet and cost an estimated $28 million.

Just north of that project, the City of Shoreline is also planning to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over I-5 to connect with a light rail station at NE 148th Street. The bridge will open in 2023, followed by the station in 2024. The bridge will cross 11 lanes and has three design options estimated to cost $23-30 million.

Vision for the Northgate Pedestrian and Biycle Bridge. Image by VIA Architecture.