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Update on Ballard Greenway construction

Posted by Meghan Walker on May 22nd, 2013

Construction for the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Project is in full swing, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. The greenway is along NW 58th St and construction includes the installation of ADA curb ramps, sidewalk repairs, and speed bumps to make the road safer for bikers and pedestrians.

Here’s a list of the improvements and updates, from the SDOT:

ADA Curb Ramps

New ADA ramps are being installed to make it easier for people with mobility challenges, strollers and wheelchairs to move along NW 58th Street. The ramps are being constructed at 32nd, 24th, 20th, 7th Avenues NW. This work is underway.

Sidewalk Repairs

Permanent sidewalk repairs are the responsibility of adjacent properties. However, NW 58th Street is being prioritized for pedestrian movement so SDOT is making 460 temporary repairs along this corridor. The sidewalk will be beveled where there are uneven spots so that it is more level. This work starts the week of May 20.

Wider Sidewalk at Seaview Avenue NW

The sidewalk will be widened from the current 5 feet to 10 feet, providing more space for pedestrians and bicyclists to connect to the Burke-Gilman Trail without having to cross Seaview Avenue NW. A new bike ramp will also be constructed to improve access to the sidewalk from 37th Place NW. Construction begins mid- to late-May.

Asphalt Speed Humps

Asphalt Speed humps are modified speed bumps designed to slow vehicle speeds and are gentle enough to accommodate bicyclists and other non-motorized vehicles including wheelchairs.  As part of the project, 18 speed humps are being constructed on NW 58th Street near arterial streets at 32nd, 24th, 20th, 15th, 14th and 8th Avenues. This work is expected to start in June.

The construction for the greenways is expected to be complete by September. SDOT says some on-street parking will be temporarily restricted during construction. Visit SDOT’s web site for more project details. Call (206) 684-7583 or email walkandbike@seattle.gov with questions.

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