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N 145th Street – A road divided

Have a problem to report – who ya gonna call?

Well that depends… Say for instance, you call the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) about a pothole needing to be filled on N 145th.    We would first ask if it is on the south or north half of the street.  Why? Because before we can fix the problem, we first have to determine if it falls within our jurisdiction. And on N 145th, crazy as it might seem, the center line of the street is the City’s northern boundary.  So, if the hole is on the south of the street’s center line impacting eastbound traffic, the SDOT will fill it.  If the hole is on the north side of the dividing line (impacting westbound traffic), it falls under the jurisdiction of unincorporated King County and the County’s Road Services Division will address the problem.  To make it even more confusing, if the problem is north of the north edge of the sidewalk on the north side of the street, King County would not respond, but rather the City of Shoreline would as that is Shoreline’s southern border line. That border runs from the water on the west to Lake City Way NE/Bothell Way NE on east. The land on the north edge of the north sidewalk of NE 145th which is east of Lake City Way NE/Bothell Way NE to Lake Washington is the City of Lake Forest Park.  Oh, heck – just take a look at this map:


Should you have a street problem to report in the future, here are the contacts for your reference:

To report a pothole in Seattle call: 206-386-1218 or 206-684-7623 (206-684-ROAD) or fill out a service request form online.

To report a  roadway concern to the King County Road Services Division, call  206-296-8100 or 1-800-KCROADS.

To contact the City of Shoreline regarding a non-emergency location-specific issue, complete the Online Service Request. For general information call 206-801-2700.

To report concerns just inside the City of Lake Forest Park city limit on the northeast end of NE 145th Street, call the Public Works Department at 206-368-5440.