Travel Advisory: Magnuson Park entrance at NE 74th Street will be closed from August 9 to 27

Closure will allow crews to work on improvements that will provide easier access to Magnuson Park, and enhance the flow of traffic on Sand Point Way NE. 

Sand Point Way NE at the entrance to Magnuson Park (Photo credit: SDOT)

Starting on Monday, August 9, we will be removing slip lanes, adding curb bulbs, adding left and right turn pockets, enhancing pedestrian crossings, and adding signal modifications to enhance safety and traffic flow at the Magnuson Park entrance and NE 74th St intersection.  

To complete this work, we will need to close the NE 74th St entrance to Magnuson Park starting this Monday August 9 through August 27. One travel lane in each direction on Sand Point Way NE will be maintained. 

Alternate access to Magnuson Park by vehicle will be provided through the NE 65th St entrance, see vehicle detour graphic below. Signage will be available on site for pedestrian detours and crossings will be at NE 70th St and NE 75th St. 

During construction, please expect: 

  • Typical construction weekday hours of 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday; 8 AM – 4 PM on Saturdays as needed.   
  • Park entrance closure at NE 74th St intersection from August 9 to August 27 
  • Detours will be provided; alternate entrance to recreation area will be provided at NE 65th St 
  • One travel lane in each direction on Sand Point Way NE will be maintained  
  • Construction equipment staged in parking stalls or shoulder 
  • Temporary disruptions to parking along Sand Point Way NE 
  • Limited access and temporary disruptions to sidewalks on Sand Point Way NE 
  • Construction noise and vibrations during work hours 
  • Reduced lane width, two-way traffic will be maintained 
  • Temporary closure or relocation of bus stops 
  • Temporary disruptions for people walking 

This work is weather permitting, and we will share updates if the schedule changes. If possible, please plan your travels accordingly to detour around this work and avoid the work areas. 


Temporary Bus Stop Impacts 

King County Metro bus stops near our work will be temporarily closed and relocated as we pour new sidewalks and make improvements at NE 74th St Park Entrance.  

Please see bus stop closures and relocation information below. 

Northbound stop: 

  • NE 74th St temporarily closed 
  • Please use bus stops located at NE 70th or NE 77th St 

Southbound stops: 

  • NE 74th St bus stop closed 
  • Please use alternate stops located at NE 70th or NE 77th St 
  • NE 77th St bus stop shifted to the north side of the intersection 
  • NE 62nd/NE 65th St bus stop closed 
  • Please use alternate stops located at NE 70th St or NE 65th St 

Buses will temporarily be queuing up between NE 70th St and NE 65th St heading south on the on west side of Sand Point Way for the duration of the NE 74th St Park Entrance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

*Schedules are always subject to change due to supply availability and inclement weather.  


Project Overview – Sand Point Way NE Corridor Project 

Sand Point Way NE is an arterial street in northeast Seattle lined with single and multi-family homes. Sand Point Way is a crucial commuter route that connects many activity centers such as University Village, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Magnuson Park, and runs parallel to the Burke-Gilman Trail.  

To improve safety, we are connecting and extending sidewalks along Sand Point Way NE to create a more complete, predictable, multimodal corridor that enhances safety for people walking, biking, taking transit, and driving.  

We have completed pouring new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and roadway panels along the west side of Sand Point Way from NE 70th St to NE 77th St. 

This project is a partnership between our Sidewalk Development and Vision Zero programs. Vision Zero is Seattle’s plan towards zero traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. 

Thanks for your patience as we work to improve safety on these streets for people walking, biking, rolling, taking transit, and driving. 

To stay up-to-date on the project, please sign up to receive email updates: https://sdotforms.envirolytical.com/projects/sand-point-way-ne.html

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact (206) 256-5458 or SandPointWayVisionZero@seattle.gov