Safety Improvement Coming to Aurora Avenue North

In its on-going effort to make Aurora Avenue a safer corridor for everyone, SDOT has completed improvements at the intersections of N 87th and N 88th streets.

Between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, there were 11 collisions at the intersection of Aurora Avenue N and N 87th Street, three of which resulted in injuries. Seven of the 11 collisions were left turn collisions. Between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, there were nine collisions at the intersection of Aurora Avenue N and N 88th Street, seven of which were left-turn collisions. 

Before the safety improvement.

Before the safety improvement.

To prevent future left-turn collisions, SDOT has installed two medians to keep northbound traffic from turning left onto N 87th and N 88th streets.  Left hand turns are currently restricted at both intersections by existing traffic signs installed in 2002, and the new medians will provide a permanent barrier to left turns. Northbound traffic on Aurora Avenue N will continue to be able to make left turns at N 85th and N 90th streets, as occurs today.

Construction of the medians began on Saturday, September 14, and is expected to be completed by Sunday, September 29, 2013.

How the medians will look after the project is completed.

How the medians will look after the project is completed.

 This project is part of the City’s Road Safety Action Plan to reach zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. To learn more about what Seattle is doing to increase the safety for all roadway users, visit the Be Super Safe webpage.

For questions or comments about this project, please contact Brian Macik at Brian.Macik@seattle.gov or 206-684-4209