Wedgwood Community Safety Open House on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

SDOT is excited to meet with the community and share the latest news about the community-initiated Wedgwood Children and Neighbors Safety Improvement Project open house on Tuesday, February 3. Meet the project team and learn more about the new sidewalks coming to Wedgewood.

We’ve updated the project’s design thanks to community input, and we have full funding for the work since our last open house in late 2012.

Please join us at Wedgwood Elementary School 2720 NE 85th Street from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.(Presentation at 6:45 p.m.)

In 2012, the community requested we add a sidewalk along 28th Avenue NE and repair and replace part of the sidewalk along Ravenna Avenue NE. After reviewing the request, we secured funding to make these improvements as well as build new sidewalks along NE 85th Street and NE 83rd Street. New curbs and curb ramps will also be installed throughout the project area.

These improvements will connect Wedgwood Elementary to the existing sidewalk network south of the school, making it safer and easier for kids, families and neighbors to walk and bike in your community. To educate and encourage kids to walk and bike safely to school, we are also partnering with Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center to provide bike safety education, support for walking school buses, bike trains and an evaluation of arrival and departure procedures.

Wedgewood Safety Improvements Map

Wedgewood Safety Improvements Map

This year, the $1.5 million project is fully funded through the support of local funds such as the  Safe Routes to School program, and a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Construction is expected to begin as early as summer 2015 when school is on break; a second construction phase is anticipated in early 2016. To learn more, visit the project webpage at www.seattle.gov/transportation/SafeRoutesWedgwood.htm.