LEVY DOLLARS AT WORK | Work on N 34th St Mobility Project starts as early as March 8, resulting in a temporary Burke-Gilman Trail detour. Soon, you’ll see protected bike lanes & safer intersections!

The detour route will affect people walking, rolling, and biking at this intersection of N 34th St and Stone Way N. Photo Credit: SDOT.

Summary 

  • Thanks to your Levy to Move Seattle tax dollars at work, we are making traveling on N 34th St safer. Work on the N 34th St Mobility Project starts this month! 
  • Heads up, Burke-Gilman Trail travelers: This project will result in a temporary detour of the Burke-Gilman Trail. We understand this is inconvenient and may result in trail traffic congestion, and we appreciate your patience during this time. 
  • We developed the new street design and improvements using traffic data, what we heard during community outreach, and guidance from our citywide transportation plans. 
  • When the project is complete this year, you’ll see protected bike lanes from Fremont Ave W to Stone Way N, updated intersections at key cross-streets, a more comfortable and predictable bike connection between the Fremont Bridge to Stone Way N. 
  • This is part of our growing regional transportation network. Better, safer bike lanes make biking around town a more viable transportation option and support environmental sustainability. As we prepare for our new normal in the midst of the pandemic, we are using this opportunity to build lasting, positive change toward a more livable, safer city for all. 

Heads up, Burke-Gilman Trail travelers:  

This project will result in a temporary detour of the Burke-Gilman Trail. This detour enables us to improve sidewalks, upgrade curb ramps, create protected bike lanes from Fremont Ave W to Stone Way N, and move an existing drainage system to accommodate these changes. 

There will be signage to guide people walking, rolling, and biking along the detour routes. There will also be people holding flags to help guide you as you travel around the work zone. People driving will also see signage that guides them through the construction zone. 

DETOUR DETAILS

Detour details. We are dividing the initial sidewalk work into two phases so that we can create detours for people in the area. The detour route will affect people walking, rolling, and biking at the intersection of N 34th St and Stone Way N. We are prioritizing the safety of pedestrians during this time.  

During Phase 1, which begins as early as March 8 and lasts about 3 weeks, about 300 yards of the Burke Gilman Trail will be closed.  

When approaching Stone Way N, people walking/rolling on the Burke-Gilman Trail will be directed to the sidewalk on the south side of N 34th St. People biking will be directed to N Northlake Way. All travelers can rejoin the trail at Troll Ave N. 

During Phase 2, which will last about one week following Phase 1, the sidewalk on the south side on N 34th St will be closed for about 300 yards.  

People using the sidewalk will be directed onto the Burke-Gilman Trail. They can rejoin the sidewalk using a ramp to N 34th St 150 yards west of the work zone.
Detour map. Please click the image to view a larger map.

We are dividing the initial sidewalk work into two phases so that we can create detours for people in the area. The detour route will affect people walking, rolling, and biking at the intersection of N 34th St and Stone Way N. We are prioritizing the safety of pedestrians during this time.  

During Phase 1, which begins as early as March 8 and lasts about 3 weeks, about 300 yards of the Burke Gilman Trail will be closed.  

When approaching Stone Way N, people walking/rolling on the Burke-Gilman Trail will be directed to the sidewalk on the south side of N 34th St. People biking will be directed to N Northlake Way. All travelers can rejoin the trail at Troll Ave N. 

During Phase 2, which will last about one week following Phase 1, the sidewalk on the south side on N 34th St will be closed for about 300 yards.  

People using the sidewalk will be directed onto the Burke-Gilman Trail. They can rejoin the sidewalk using a ramp to N 34th St 150 yards west of the work zone.  

Thanks to your Levy to Move Seattle tax dollars at work, we are making traveling on N 34th St safer. 

Over the last few years, we’ve worked with the Fremont and Wallingford communities to improve transportation in the neighborhood for people using all modes of travel. This resulted in a project design that included protected bike lanes, improved crossings and sidewalks for people walking and rolling, and maintained access to the important businesses along this stretch that contribute to the vibrancy of the community. 

This project aligns with both the freight and bicycle master plans by enhancing bicycle safety for all ages and abilities while preserving critical freight access on N 34th St. Improved sidewalks and curb ramps also support access for people walking and rolling. 

We developed the new street design and improvements using traffic data, what we heard during community outreach, and guidance from our citywide transportation plans. During our outreach, we have heard gratitude for the enhanced safety for people walking, rolling, and biking that this project provides. We also had conversations with the freight and business community, which informed intersection and street design to ensure access and transportation safety on N 34th St and the greater Fremont and working waterfront area.  

Construction begins this month with work at N 34th St and Stone Way N! 

Map of the project area at N 34th St and Stone Way N, showing new sidewalk corners, new protected bike lanes, and new bike signal and crossings.
Map of the project area at N 34th St and Stone Way N, showing new sidewalk corners, new protected bike lanes, and new bike signal and crossings.

During this time, crews will be improving sidewalks. We’ll demolish existing sidewalk, pour new concrete and upgrade curb ramps at the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection of N 34th St and Stone Way N.  We will also create new painted bike crossings and signals for those traveling east on N 34th St across Stone Way N.  

When the project is complete this year, you’ll see these changes on N 34th St: 

Protected bike lanes on N 34th St from Fremont Ave W to Stone Way N, which will include a painted buffer area between the bike lane and vehicle traffic with white plastic posts. The bike lane on the north side of N 34th St will also be separated from the vehicle travel lanes by parking.
  • Protected bike lanes on N 34th St from Fremont Ave W to Stone Way N, which will include a painted buffer area between the bike lane and vehicle traffic with white plastic posts. The bike lane on the north side of N 34th St will also be separated from the vehicle travel lanes by parking. 
  • Updated intersection design at N 34th St and Stone Way N, Troll Ave N, and Fremont Ave N  
  • A more comfortable and predictable bike connection between the Fremont Bridge and the Burke-Gilman Trail with the implementation of protected bike lanes.  
  • We will also maintain clearly marked loading zones where freight vehicles can park that do not overlap the bike lane. 

You can review the final project map here. Feel free to zoom in to see the details of each project element. 

The Levy to Move Seattle Logo, which reads: This project is funded in part of in full by the 2015 voter-approved 9-year $930 million Levy to Move Seattle. The Levy provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for our growing city. Learn more at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle. On the right, the Levy to Move Seattle logo has the words "The Levy to Move Seattle: Your tax dollars at work" and icons representing" Seattle streetcar, a truck a bus, a car, a bike, and a person walking.

Thank you for your investment in this project through the Levy to Move Seattle, and your patience with the detour as we make these improvements. As we prepare for our new normal in the midst of the pandemic, you are helping us to build lasting, positive change toward a more livable, safer city for all.