Making the Eastlake-Capitol Hill Connection

Note: This post has been updated with a clearer picture of the green bike lane.

When you’re in the neighborhood, watch for a recently completed pedestrian and bicycle project at Boylston Ave. E. and E. Newton St. in the Eastlake area.  The improvements make it easier and safer for people traveling by foot or by bike to cross under I-5 to Capitol Hill, adding another connection between two neighborhoods where walking and biking are a common way to get around.

The pedestrian and bicycle improvements in construction

The pedestrian and bicycle improvements in construction

The pedestrian portions of the project include “curb bulbs” (bump-outs at the corners) at the intersection to make pedestrians more visible to drivers and a new pedestrian “landing” on the east side.  For bikes, we’ve added a green bike lane to increase the visibility of cyclists through the intersection and signal to drivers that they should expect to see bikes here.  Both bikes and pedestrians benefit from our collaboration with WSDOT to introduce a sharper turn (and, hence, slower speeds) for vehicles getting on the freeway.

The completed project!

The completed project!

As with many of the projects you’ve read about this summer, this project was requested by the community through the Neighborhood Street Fund program.

The green bike lane from a different angle with the pedestrian improvements in the foreground

The green bike lane from a different angle with the pedestrian improvements in the foreground