Safety Improvements started along Lake City Way and 24th Avenue NE

The community will soon benefit from improvements now underway near the busy intersection of 24th Avenue NE and Lake City Way NE. Crews working for SDOT are constructing new sidewalks and other street elements to improve safety, and expects to complete the work in about three months. The project includes: sidewalks, a curb bulb, curb ramps, a new crosswalk, an upgraded traffic signal, and improvements to a bus stop and storm drainage, many of which were recommended by community members.

The need for these improvements was identified through the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project which aims to reduce serious and fatal collisions through increased enforcement patrols, educational outreach and engineering improvements. This work will help make Lake City Way safer and more comfortable for everyone that uses the corridor.

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Lake City Way NE currently; Improvements underway.

This project will completely overhaul this intersection. Deteriorating pavement conditions will be addressed by rebuilding the roadway from the base and storm drainage improvements will help preserve pavement integrity long term. A full traffic signal will be installed to control all movements at the intersection and a new crosswalk will be marked across the south leg of the intersection providing better accessibility for pedestrians. ADA compliant curb ramps will be constructed at the intersections and new sidewalks will be constructed on both 24th Avenue NE and Lake City Way NE. The southbound transit stop will be moved to the south and provide enhanced access and amenities.

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The public should take it slow through the construction zone and focus on the road at all times. Construction is expected to last into late July if the weather cooperates.  SDOT appreciates the community’s patience while this project is underway.

During construction you can expect:
• Lane restrictions and closures on Lake City Way NE, 24th Avenue NE and NE 104th Way
• Weekend closures of 24th Avenue NE at Lake City Way NE
• Driveway and parking restrictions on 24th Avenue NE, advanced notice will be provided
• Impacts to bus stop
• Pedestrian detours

SDOT has implemented a number of changes to help people navigate Lake City Way safely. Last year, rapid flash beacons were installed for the two mid-block crossings north and south of NE 125th Street. Rapid flash beacons are an extremely effective warning for motorists that a pedestrian is in or is about to enter the crosswalk.

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For more information about pedestrian safety on Lake City Way click here.

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