After 16 months of construction, the Yesler Way Bridge over 4th and 5th avenues has been reopened to traffic on Tuesday. Several bus routes that were affected by the long-term closure have resumed normal operations. Bus stops at Yesler Way & 3rd Avenue and Terrace Street & 5th Avenue have been re-opened.
Although it won’t have trolleywires, as proposed to accommodate Routes 3/4, the new bridge has curb ramps, some bulb outs, and is engineering to modern safety standards while respecting the original 1910 design.
Metro has announced the following changes:
- The RapidRide D Line will use Terrace Street and serve a southbound stop on 5th Avenue before laying over
- Routes 27 and 33 will move back onto Yesler Way between 3rd and 6th avenues
- Routes 304 and 355 will use Terrace Street and serve the Yesler & 3rd and Terrace & 5th stops
- Community Transit has moved commuter routes 412, 413, 416, 421, 425, and 435 back onto Terrace Street, replacing temporary service on South Washington Street.