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U District Neighborhood Greenway

The Greenway to Travel – Safety Improvements Proposed for the U District

MapLast November, SDOT started exploring the idea of a neighborhood greenway in the U District. We hosted a meeting in November and quickly learned that there is a lot of great stuff happening there! The University of Washington is building Maple and Terry Halls. This means new open space and a pedestrian link to the Burke-Gilman Trail, as well as crosswalks on the east and west sides of 12th Avenue NE and ADA-accessible curb ramps on Campus Parkway. Sound Transit’s started constructing the University Station for the Northgate Link Light Rail project. And ‘Only in Seattle’ is funding a community-led partnership to work on public safety, business development, urban design, marketing and neighborhood leadership. So cool! But now back to SDOT.

A neighborhood greenway is a great way to link the people in the community to the new assets being built. Based on public feedback, agency coordination and our evaluation we are recommending a greenway on 12th Avenue NE. The map on the right shows the traffic improvements that would be implemented.

Not shown on the map, but also included are wayfinding signs, reducing the speed limit from 25MPH to 20MPH, speed humps about one every block and pavement and sidewalk repairs.  There are two upcoming opportunities for giving us feedback.


Walk and Talk

Co-sponsored by the University Neighborhood Greenways Community Coalition

Saturday, March 15

10 a.m. Meet at Chaco Canyon and walk north to Ravenna Boulevard

11 a.m. Meet at Chaco Canyon and walk south to NE Campus Parkway


Project Open House

Thursday, March 20

6 to 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30)

University Christian Church

4731 15th Avenue NE

If you are unable to make these events information is also available on the project web page. Thanks for reading our post and joining us in making safer streets for all.