Yesler Way and 3rd Ave Sidewalk Repairs

Updated: January 4, 2024

What’s happening now?

After further review from our roadway structures engineers, we learned the planned sidewalk repair will significantly exceed the project budget because of the areaway located under the sidewalk. We are working to determine other walking improvements that can be made nearby. We’ll share additional updates on our webpage and through this email list.    

Project Overview

The project, located at the southwest corner of the Yesler Way and 3rd Ave S intersection, aimed to repair the sidewalk surface above an areaway.


  • The concept includes repairing the sidewalk surface and replacing historic purple glass panels. 


  • Improve mobility: Repairing the sidewalk surface improves mobility for pedestrians, especially those using wheelchairs and other mobility assistive devices
  • Preserve affordable housing: Fixing the sidewalk should address a drainage problem at an adjacent historic building that serves low-income residents
  • Enhance Pioneer Square's historic character: Several historic purple glass skylights embedded in the sidewalk are in poor condition. Repairing or replacing these will restore the historic appearance of the sidewalk

Existing sidewalk at 3rd and Yesler

Existing sidewalk at 3rd and Yesler


We had hoped to build this project in 2021, but due to challenges with the project design, we are looking at options to build nearby walking improvements by 2024.  

Project Background

In 2019, the Yesler Way and 3rd Ave Sidewalk Repair Project was one of 15 selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through SDOT's Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Program. Neighborhood Street Fund is a City program, running on 3-year cycles, that enables neighbors to propose and help prioritize transportation-related projects that are then built by the Seattle Department of Transportation. 


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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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