SDOT has just completed two more pedestrian improvements in the public right-of-way that were funded through the Neighborhood Projects Fund (NPF), a city-administered program that works with communities to prioritize and build neighborhood projects. Both projects developed out of neighborhood requests.
At Ravenna Avenue NE and Lake City Way NE the neighbors sought to improve pedestrian access. The existing sidewalk on Lake City Way NE and 92nd around the corner to Ravenna Avenue NE was extended, and curb ramps were installed at the pedestrian crossing where Ravenna Avenue NE intersects with Lake City Way NE. The utility pole at the southern end of the project area was relocated by City Light to allow for adequate clearance for the new sidewalk. The community has also received funding to extend the sidewalk south along Ravenna Ave NE. This project will be completed in 2012.
The second project is located on Lakeview Boulevard at Harvard Avenue E. This project was requested by neighbors in order to improve pedestrian access by building a curb bulb on the east side of Lakeview Boulevard. The curb bulb serves two safety purposes – it reduces the crossing distance for pedestrians using the crosswalk at the E Howe Street right-of-way, and vehicles
travelling northbound on Lakeview Boulevard that turn onto Harvard Avenue E have to slow down to make the turn around the extended curb. The existing bus stop on Lakeview Boulevard was also relocated northwest of its previous location to the far side of Harvard Avenue E.
If you have a project request in your neighborhood, please feel free to apply on line at: http://www.cityofseattle.net/neighborhoods/btgnsfcrf/