Each year, SDOT repaves several major city streets meeting basic maintenance needs, while taking advantage of the work to make other improvements that enhance mobility and safety.
Roosevelt Way NE from NE 65th Street to the south end of the University Bridge is slated for repaving in 2015, with construction currently scheduled to begin next summer and likely continue 2016. In addition to repaving the street, other project elements include:
- Installation of curb bulbs at key intersections. Curb bulbs extend the sidewalk out, shortening the pedestrian crossing distance and making it easier for the crossing pedestrians and motorists to see each other
- Replacement of substandard curb ramps to meet federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. (Curb ramps, generally located at intersections, slope from the sidewalk to street level to facilitate the movement of those in wheelchairs, the sight impaired using canes, or people pushing strollers or walking a bike.)
- Installation of a protected one-way bike lane along the west side of Roosevelt Way from NE 45th south across the University Bridge. Cross hatch markings in the pavement along with posts between the bike and general traffic lanes will separate people riding bicycles from motorized traffic. To reduce the risk of collisions involving bicycle riders, SDOT is installing a temporary protected bike lane from NE 45th Street to NE 40th Street in December 2014/January 2015, weather permitting.
Should additional funding be secured, the project will also:
- Replace buckled or broken sidewalks
- Install bright, energy-saving LED street lights on the west side of Roosevelt
The public is invited to learn more about the project, as well as to ask any questions and/or express concerns at an open house to be held Monday, November 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held at University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way NE, Room: 108. A project overview presentation will occur at 6:15 PM.