Safety Improvements Coming to Lake City Way NE

2015 will be a year of change along one of northeast Seattle’s busiest arterial streets – Lake City Way NE. The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project is a partnership between the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, WSDOT, the Washington State Patrol, residents, business owners and the City of Seattle. Together we have toured the corridor, poured over data, and developed a series of projects to enhance conditions. People who travel the corridor often have likely noticed some changes already.

Our partners in law enforcement have significantly increased patrols. Since the project launched last March, the Washington State Patrol and the Seattle Police Department regularly monitor the corridor looking to curb the behaviors that frequently lead to serious crashes on the corridor – failure to yield (to pedestrians, bicyclists, or other vehicles), distraction, following too close and speeding.

In addition, SDOT has implemented a number of changes to help people navigate Lake City Way safely. Last year, rapid flash beacons were installed for the two mid-block crossings north and south of NE 125th Street. Rapid flash beacons are an extremely effective warning for motorists that a pedestrian is in or is about to enter the crosswalk.


Near the end of 2014, new radar speed signs were installed on the approaches to NE 95th Street. Data tell us that speed-related crashes occur frequently in this area. The new signs provide drivers with a reminder to slow down.

Radar speed sign on northbound Lake City Way

Radar speed sign on northbound Lake City Way

Bigger projects are in the works for 2015. In the very near future, SDOT will break ground on much needed improvements at 24th Avenue NE and Lake City Way. Through this project we will repair pavement, construct significant stretches of new sidewalks, install a small median island, convert a pedestrian signal to a full traffic signal and provide a number of transit stop improvements. Construction is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.


Conditions will change significantly at 24th and Lake City Way in 2015

Conditions will change significantly at 24th and Lake City Way in 2015

Another ambitious effort will transform the intersection of NE 110th Street and Lake City Way this summer. The transit stops  here are the primary location where Nathan Hale High School students catch the bus. To bring a higher level of safety to this site, SDOT will install bus bulbs, another small median island, new sidewalk and curb ramps as well as transit stop improvements. This project will significantly shorten the crossing of Lake City Way and drastically improve the pedestrian environment in this location that has seen a number of serious injury collisions over the years.

More work is planned along the corridor at 14th/15th Avenues NE, 20th NE, NE 125th Street, NE 130th Street, NE 135th Street and NE 145th Street but we’ll save the details for a future blog post. Stay tuned!


North Beacon Hill Neighbors: Thank you for your patience during construction!

Beacon Ave South new sidewalk

Beacon Ave South new sidewalk

SDOT is excited to announce that the project to build a new sidewalk on Beacon Avenue S between 14th Avenue S and S Holgate Street is nearly complete! Over the past three months, SDOT has been building pedestrian and roadway safety improvements in the North Beacon Hill neighborhood as part of the North Beacon Safety Connections Project.

A key part of this project is the new sidewalk on the northeast side of Beacon Avenue S, which helps improve the pedestrian connection between Beacon Hill and SODO. The work included building a new, continuous sidewalk, curb ramps and an uphill bike lane that connects the Mountains to Sound Trail to the North Beacon Hill business district.

Beacon Avenue South new stairway

Beacon Avenue South new stairway

In addition, we formally closed 13th Avenue S at Beacon Avenue S and built a new stairway. Until recently, 13th Avenue S was closed at Beacon Avenue S by way of barricades but with the completion of this project, 13th Avenue S is now a dead end street with sidewalks and space for landscaping. Several components remain to be completed in the next few weeks, including landscaping, roadway markings and handrails for the new stairway.

The North Beacon Safety Connections Project also includes work that is underway at Beacon Avenue S and 14th Avenue S as well as at S College Street and 14th Avenue S to construct additional pedestrian safety improvements. The remainder of this project is expected to be complete in mid-February. To learn more, visit the project webpage at

We would like to thank the community for their patience as we worked to complete this project and help make it safer and easier for kids, neighbors and families to walk and bike in your neighborhood.


New Seawall structure complete south of Colman Dock

The seawall structure between Yesler Way and South Washington Street was completed earlier this week, marking a major milestone for the Seawall Project as season 2.5 construction begins!

Completed sidewalk with light penetrating surfaces

Completed sidewalk with light penetrating surfaces.

The Yesler Way intersection reopened on Monday and the area to the south was reestablished as a work zone for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Program, as it was prior to seawall construction. To accommodate these changing work zones, the following access changes to Colman Dock took place on Monday morning:

  • All ferry access shifted to Yesler Way for vehicles and bicyclists.
  • Pedestrian access to the ferry terminal on Colman Dock will be maintained via the Marion Street pedestrian bridge and at street-level on the south side of Marion Street. Please see this map from our partners at the SR 99 Tunnel Project for more information.
  • The multi-use path along Alaskan Way remains open. Temporary shifts and intermittent closures may be necessary to accommodate work activities.


Seawall season 2.5 construction started Monday, January 12

On Monday, seawall construction expanded southward to the area adjacent to Colman Dock, between Madison Street and Yesler Way. Even though we have established this new construction zone, Colman Dock and associated businesses will remain open and accessible. Other waterfront businesses will also remain open and accessible through Waterfront Park.

The seawall construction work zone has expanded south, between Madison Street and Yesler Way.

The seawall construction work zone has expanded south, between Madison Street and Yesler Way.

Want more information?

For questions about access changes at Colman Dock, please contact the SR99 Tunnel Project via email ( or call the hotline (1.888.AWV.LINE).

For more information about seawall construction, visit the Seawall Project website. If you have questions, email ( or call the 24-hour hotline (206.618.8584).

SDOT 2015 plan review, end of year BTG update and January 27 meeting Invite


Are you interested in learning about the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) 2015-2016 budget? How about an update of the third quarter Bridging the Gap (BTG) finances and an update on the 2014 BTG work plan deliverables? Do you like to meet new folks and find out how you can get engaged? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are in luck!


Please join the BTG Levy Oversight Committee meeting scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 27,  from 6 – 8 p.m., Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Ave.), Boards and Commissions Room (L-280). The committee is comprised of a dedicated group of 15 community members who meet quarterly to review and track the progress of the BTG transportation initiative that was passed by Seattle voters in 2006. They are charged with ensuring SDOT is delivering on the promises made to voters.


Committee members come from all across the city, and from all walks of life. They take their oversight and accountability role seriously and they work closely with SDOT to ensure that BTG not only meeting its goals, but that it is being integrated into the overall goals of the department and the City.


The committee members include:

  • Ann Martin, Co-chair
  • Kristen Lohse, Co-chair
  • Ref Lindmark
  • Betty Seith-Croll
  • Allegra Calder
  • John Coney
  • Jeremy Valenta
  • Barbara Wright
  • Chisula Chambers
  • Jeff Aken, Bicycle Advisory Board member
  • Lydia Heard, Pedestrian Advisory Board member
  • Ben Noble, City Budget Director
  • Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Transportation Committee Chair


All committee meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend and share their views on BTG during public comment. If you are interested in how your tax dollars are allocated, why not mark your calendar and join us January 27th.

For more information, please visit BTG Levy Oversight Committee website.

Shoreline Street Ends projects = equitable access


Click for larger view; Shoreline Street Ends Projects for 2015

The Shoreline Street Ends Program works to preserve and improve public access to our waterways, with projects focused on Seattle’s 149 public streets that end on waterfronts. Street ends are selected for improvement based on a prioritization scheme that came out of a 2009 analysis that examined gaps in shoreline access, open space, and accessibility.  Nine sites were selected as SDOT capital improvement projects to be completed by the end of 2015:

  1. S Willow Street
  2. 51st Avenue NE
  3. Eastlake Place NE
  4. E Allison Street
  5. 1st Avenue Bridge (E)
  6. 1st Avenue Bridge (W)
  7. 5th Avenue S
  8. 6th Avenue W
  9. S Warsaw Street


The first two projects listed above are already designed, with the S Willow Street site at South Seward Park expected to wrap up this week. Construction of improvements at 51st Avenue NE, next to Laurelhurst Beach Club, are scheduled to begin this Thursday. See below for area photos, on postcards mailed out to the area neighborhoods (click for larger versions).








A landscape architecture firm is designing all nine Shoreline Street End capital projects. On S Willow Street the design protects existing plants on the north side of the street, while planting new vegetation and placing boulder steps to connect seating to the beach. Be sure and visit this weekend, after the project is complete!


Yet another Shoreline Street End is set to be improved not as a capital project, but as part of a partnership with the University of Washington. UW students will design and construct a shoreline street end at 11th Avenue NW.


Be a part of the 11th Avenue NW student-powered effort by attending an open house at Ballard Public Library January 26th from 6PM to 7:30PM. It’s your chance to comment on design concepts and work to make Seattle’s community assets equitably accessible!


Seattle Streetcar March 2015 Fare Changes

In March 2015, Seattle Streetcar plans to change fares for consistency with Link light rail service fares. StreetCar PixThis will make the experience more consistent across transit services. This change will occur in coordination with Sound Transit and King County Metro fare changes planned for March 2015. It will align streetcar fares with new Link base fares planned for March 2015, offer the new Low Income Adult fare to Seattle Streetcar customers, and offer a more robust day pass option. Public comments on the proposed fare changes can be submitted through February 9th and will be considered before implementation. Fill out the Online Comment Form! 

This table summarizes the proposed Seattle Streetcar fares planned to go into effect in March 2015:

  Current Fares Proposed Fares3
Adult $2.50 $2.25
Youth $1.25 (6-17 years old) $1.50 (6-18 years old)
Senior(65+)/Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP)1 $0.75 $1.00
Low Income Adult2 Not available $1.50
Children 5 and under Free Free
Day Pass $5.00(bulk sales only) Adult: $4.50Youth: $3.00Senior/RRFP: $2.00


1 Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP), available to qualifying persons with disabilities or seniors.

2 Available to qualifying adult riders with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. To qualify, a household of four would have an annual household income at or below $47,700.

3 Day passes and single ride paper tickets will only be valid on Seattle Streetcar, transfers only possible with an ORCA card. The new day pass options will not be available until new ticket vending machines, scheduled for phased installation in Spring 2015, are in operation.


Learn more and comment:

Comments due by February 9, 2015




Attend: Public meeting on February 2, 2015

5 – 7 PM, presentation at 6 PM

Seattle City Hall, Room L280

600 Fourth Ave

Seattle WA 98104


Mail:      Seattle Department of Transportation

Attn Ayelet Ezran

PO Box 34996

Seattle, WA 98124-4996


To request interpretation or accommodations, please contact Ayelet Ezran (206-733-9032 or at least five business days before the meeting.

Bicycle Safety and Transit Improvements along Roosevelt Way NE

SDOT is repaving Roosevelt Way NE between Fuhrman Ave NE and NE 65th Street and adding safety improvements this fall 2015 to spring 2016. Along with meeting Seattle’s basic maintenance needs, we are adding a one-way Protected Bike Lane (PBL) on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE, transit reliability improvements and pedestrian improvements.

Project Map

Roosevelt Overview Map

Roosevelt Overview Map

Last fall we mailed project fliers, letters and held an open house to talk about the paving project. At that time we were only planning on installing the PBL from the University Bridge to NE 45th Street. At the open house, we shared that there were a few project components we hoped to add should funding become available. These included in-lane transit stops for better bus reliability and sidewalk repairs for easier pedestrian movement.

Since the open house, some funding for these improvements has been identified. This triggered another evaluation of how the project will best meet our Complete Streets Ordinance and transportation modal plan recommendations. Shifting the transit stops in-lane provided us with an opportunity to add the PBL recommended in the Bicycle Master Plan. There have been nine collisions involving bikes between NE 45th and NE 65th streets from October 2010 to October 2014, so the PBL would be a safety improvement and create better connections to Seattle’s citywide bike network and multimodal system. We can leverage the Roosevelt Way NE Paving Project to make bicycling safer and more comfortable along the corridor.  And we can do it in a way that minimizes construction disruptions and helps meet our goal of providing people with more travel options.





What is the goal of adding a PBL?

Safety for all travelers

  • People biking – separate bicyclists from travel lanes and parking maneuvers
  • People walking – separate bicycles from pedestrians
  • People driving – provide predictability within the street


What are the benefits of adding a PBL and transit islands?

  • Improve safety, as people are no longer riding bikes in the “door zone” or being blocked by buses
  • Improve transit reliability by adding in-lane bus stops (transit islands)
  • Create more space for people waiting for the bus by adding transit islands
  • Add connections to a citywide bicycle network and multimodal system at:
    • NE 47th Street, which connects to the University Neighborhood Greenway on 12th Avenue NE
    • Ravenna Boulevard where SDOT is upgrading the buffered bike lane to a PBL this year
    • NE 65th Street, where the new Link Light Rail Station is under construction



The two existing general purpose lanes will remain and we’ll continue to prioritize bus service. However, on-street parking and loading zones would be removed on the west side of the street. We know that businesses and residents can come to rely on public parking and do not take this lightly. Parking utilization data collection is currently underway.

Existing Cross Section

Existing Cross Section

We also work with the public to understand their access needs and determine how we can continue to meet those needs with the addition of the new facility. Three drop-in sessions at various times are being held the week of January 19. We’re also conducting door to door outreach and meeting with individual businesses and neighborhood groups.

Proposed Cross Section

Proposed Cross Section

We’d like to invite you to attend one of three drop-in sessions to meet with project staff, ask questions and share your thoughts.

Tuesday, January 20|2 – 3:30 PM: University Heights, 5031 University Way NE

Wednesday, January 21|8 – 9:30 AM: Wayward Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE

Thursday, January 22 | 5:30 – 7 PM: University Heights, 5031 University Way NE

You can find a comprehensive Questions and Answers document at: For more information about the Roosevelt Way NE Paving Project visit

Parking Modifications Coming to Ballard

SDOT is working to better serve Ballard residents, businesses, and visitors, by balancing the parking needs of all. Parking is a limited resource that is often in high demand.  Balance is a key component in creating livable neighborhoods that support thriving business.  SDOT is continuing its work with businesses and neighborhoods to optimize the use of our city’s resources, and parking management is an important part of enhancing access and mobility.

New areas of time limits, paid parking, and angled parking are coming to Ballard in spring 2015. After working with the Ballard community since late 2013 through our Community Access and Parking Program, we distributed a proposal for parking changes in early September to over 5,000 businesses and residents. We received hundreds of comments and used this feedback to shape the final plan, outlined in the map below.

Ballard Parking Modifications Map

We work in neighborhoods across the city to improve parking management and ensure that parking controls keep up with changes in development and the need for neighborhood access. Despite all of the development and changes in the neighborhood, parking regulations in Ballard have not changed substantially since 2005. The changes for Ballard are geared towards making parking more available and predictable areas proposed for parking changes are over 90% full for more than three continuous hours of the day, which means drivers often find themselves circling in search of parking.

In addition to our on-street parking studies in Ballard, we also documented off-street parking in a May 2014 study. From this study, we worked with the Ballard Chamber to develop a map that shows the location and hours of over 1,000 public off-street parking spaces available in Ballard today.

As we prepare for the new parking controls, you’ll likely see SDOT out making measurements. Other information about how these changes will be implemented will be regularly updated on the project website. We also received a request for a study to determine eligibility for a restricted parking zone (RPZ) on residential blocks in the neighborhood. We’ll conduct this study in 2015.

For more information, visit

Join us at Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan.7 at 5 p.m.! Feedback wanted for the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan

Join us at Town Hall tomorrow, January 7th at 5pm! We want your feedback on the open space and street concepts proposed in the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan  to enhance mobility and livability!

First Hill’s growing residential population, cultural institutions, and influx of workers warrants high quality public spaces that meet mobility and recreational needs. The current First Hill neighborhood plan (from 1998) recognizes this need for open space in this bustling, downtown-adjacent neighborhood, but despite efforts to advance this goal, land acquisition has proven to be challenging. For this educational open house, city staff will be present to discuss open space concepts and implementation strategies for these innovative open space proposals. Moving beyond land acquisition, the plan incorporates street spaces and private development to create a greener, safer, and more walkable neighborhood.

Presenters include: Susan McLaughlin, Urban Designer/Project Manager at Seattle Department of Transportation; Donald Harris and Chip Nevins, Department of Parks & Recreation, Property and Acquisition Services; Lyle Bicknell, Principal Urban Designer with the Department of Planning & Development; and Alex Hudson, Coordinator for the First Hill Improvement Association.

Where: Great Hall 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
When: Wednesday, Jan.7 at 5 p.m.