15th Ave NW pedestrian crossing installation delayed

If you’ve driven on 15th Ave NW lately, you’ve likely noticed the new lights being installed on NW 53rd St. Crews have been developing a new crosswalk, complete with a center island, pedestrian signal and curb ramps. However, work has been slightly delayed as they wait for additional equipment to arrive. The Seattle Department of Transportation estimates that the pedestrian signal will be installed by the end of August or early September.

SDOT says that the half mile between Market St and Leary carries an estimated 50,000 vehicles and 15,000 bus passengers every day; a designated crosswalk will hopefully prevent pedestrians from having to dangerously dash across the road.

There will also be some changes to traffic flow, as the pedestrian island will replace the center turn lane on 15th at 53rd. There will also be a new bus lane from 53rd to 51st, where the center lane then disappears leading to the bridge. This means that cars will also no longer be able to use the center lane for turns at 52nd.

For more information on the project, plus other “spot improvement” SDOT is working on around the city, click here.

Photo: SDOT rendering of new crosswalk at NW 53rd St


West Woodland pedestrian safety improvement work to continue Monday

2015_0603_CPRS_WoodlandMapThe ongoing safety improvements for the pedestrian crossing in West Woodland will cause some road closures next week. The intersection of 3rd Ave NW, NW 56th St and NW 55th Place will see closures while crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continue with the West Woodland Pedestrian Safety Improvements Project. Work started in the middle of June, and will be ongoing until mid-August.

On Monday, June 6, SDOT anticipates that the east and west sides of the intersection of NW 56th St, NW 55th Pl, and 3rd Ave NW will be closed to traffic. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day, and will last until the project is completed.

The following improvements will be made during the construction:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

To learn more about the project, click here.

Real-time bus arrival signs installed along 45th Street corridor

rtis_4Bus commuters can expect a smoother ride to work or school with new arrival time signs at popular bus stops along the 45th Street corridor between Ballard and the University District. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in partnership with King County Metro has been installing 11 new Real Time Information System (RTIS) signs along the busy commuter route since March, a project that is nearing completion.

The LED signs are mounted on poles at each stop, and use real-time data to display bus arrival times. SDOT says the signs will give passengers, “a sense of security that comes with knowing how long you’ll have to wait and whether you have time to run a quick errand or grab a snack.”

Map of new RTIS signs (Courtesy SDOT)

SDOT is close to finishing the sign installations, with the majority of the sidewalk and bus stop work scheduled to be completed by mid-June. The remaining work includes connecting wires and testing the equipment, which they expect will be wrapped up by August. SDOT says they’ll be making other pedestrian improvements, including new curb ramps and accessible pedestrian push buttons at select locations. The department says they’ve been careful to maintain the trees and their roots throughout the process; they’ve been able to adjust locations of several concrete foundations to avoid interfering with the root systems to keep the trees alive and healthy.

For the next couple months until the project is complete, SDOT says travelers and neighbors can continue to expect construction noise, intermittent lane closures, temporary bus stop closures, and flaggers and uniformed police officers directing traffic.

For more information about the project, click here.

More lane closures on Ballard Bridge

Updated 3:30 p.m.: The Seattle Department of Transportation now tells us that the contractor will be closing the outside northbound lane starting Tuesday, not Monday as we were originally told 8 p.m. Monday evening. The lane will open for the peak afternoon commute at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Earlier: The outside lane in the northbound direction of the Ballard Bridge will be closed for the next few weeks starting Monday. The only time the lane will be open on weekdays is during the afternoon commute period from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. All lanes and the sidewalk will be open on the weekends.

Once this work is done, the contractor will move to the west side of the bridge affecting the southbound lanes.

The closure is so the contractor for the Seattle Department of Transportation can continue to paint the bridge which is necessary to reduce corrosion and lengthen the life of the bridge.

Intersection of 85th & 8th closed this weekend

The intersection of NW 85th Street and 8th Avenue NW will be closed again this weekend so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can rebuild it. Large signs sit by the side of the road, warning drivers from every direction as they approach the intersection.

The rebuilt intersection is part of SDOT’s nearly year-long repaving of N/NW 85th Street from Ballard to I-5. The intersection will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Work will continue around the clock, but noisy work (such as jack-hammering) will be limited between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Detour routes will be posted, and nearby businesses will be open, just a little harder to get to. Eastbound detours will remain in place on NW 85th St between 15th Ave NW and 8th Ave NW as part of the work on that stretch of road.

Metro bus routes 28 and 48 will be detoured. Check Metro’s Alerts Center for more information and to sign up for Transit Alerts.

Ballard Bridge painting update

You can’t see them, but crews are continuing to paint the Ballard Bridge. Through this month the contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation is working on the north bascule leaf of the bridge – the north side of the two parts of the bridge that open for marine traffic. The work being done is currently under the bridge, out of sight.

As crews work along the bridge, another round of northbound lane closures are expected the last week of February. During the closure, the right-hand northbound lane will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Toward the end of the month the contractor will begin nighttime southbound closures to paint the steel trusses above the driving deck. These closures will be 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Participants wanted for LED street light demo

In one month, a stretch of 15th Ave NW will be shut down so The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light, along with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, can conduct a demonstration project evaluating the use of energy-saving LED streetlights.

This testing will help municipalities determine which LED streetlights are best for them. Similar tests have already been done in Anchorage, San Jose, and San Diego. “The goal of the demonstration project is to evaluate the use of energy-saving LED streetlights in wet and dry pavement conditions,” states the press release.

The closures will be on 15th Ave NW from NW 65th Street to NW 80th Street on March 6, 7 and 8 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. the following morning.

Participants are wanted to take part in the test and will be given a $40 Visa gift card upon completion.

How participation works:

The Seattle roadway chosen for the study is 15th Avenue NW, between NW 80th Street and NW 65th Street in Ballard. Participants will take a one-hour indoor orientation, followed by a 1-1.5 hour walk during which they will fill out a questionnaire regarding various types of street lighting. Participants should be in sufficient physical condition to walk up a moderate hill and have sustained energy for 1-1.5 hours outside in evening temperatures. A small number of participants will also take part in a vehicle test where, in addition to the walking survey, they will be driven through the test site in a vehicle and asked to identify small targets along the way. Participants will be given at least 24 hours notice of which nights between March 6-8 the tests will take place…

To learn more and to register, click here.

Speak up about street trees

Updated: Our apologies. The community meeting on this was January 11th. We had it mismarked on our calendar for February 11th.

As Dave Boyd writes in comments, “Actually, the meeting was Jan. 11 and there they said that it will be going to Council later this spring, so there should be additional opportunities to comment.”

Earlier:The Seattle Department of Transportation is gathering feedback on a proposed street tree ordinance (.pdf). The current ordinance has been in place since February 1961. “The intent of the ordinance update is to provide greater protection to street trees, and to codify current policies and procedures,” the website states.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking community feedback regarding protecting and preserving street trees. The proposed ordinance will address protection and preservation; restrictions on tree removal; requirements for replacements; new requirements for private tree companies; and will strengthen penalties for violations.

Busy intersection closed this weekend & next

Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of 8th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street to all traffic this weekend and next weekend, so it can rebuild the roadway as part of its year-long repaving of N/NW 85th Street from 15th Ave NW to I-5.

The usually-busy intersection will be closed completely from 6 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday and detours will be in place. Crews plan to work continuously, 24-hours a day, but will limit noisy work activities between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Metro routes #28 and #48 will be affected by this work. Sign up for Metro Rider alerts for the latest information on route changes.

This information is for both this weekend and next weekend. The closures are dependent on the weather, so these plans could change.

Back to work on NW 85th after snow and ice

The major repaving project on NW 85th Street was put on hold for several days last week because of the snow and ice. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) resumed work this week. Here’s an update on current work.

Work continues in Phase 1 between 15th Ave NW and 8th Ave NW. Work activities impacted by the snow are currently being rescheduled. We will continue to update you on how the weather delay may impact anticipated work activities over the next couple weeks.

Construction activities anticipated this week include:

  • Continued roadway removal and excavation between:
  1. Mary Ave NW and 14th Ave NW (north side)
  2. 14th Ave NW and 12th Ave NW (north side)
  3. 11th Ave NW and 10th Ave NW (north side)
  4. Dibble Ave NW and 8th Ave NW (south side)
  • Installation of drainage facilities at the intersection of 14th Ave NW and NW 85th St
  • Concrete paving throughout the project area (as weather allows)
  • Opening of 12th Ave NW and closing of 11th Ave NW — Side streets can be closed for up to 30 days total, however the days are not required to be consecutive. This means streets may be opened and closed as needed.
  • Closure of Dibble Avenue south of NW 85th St for installation of drainage facilities and roadway removal, excavation and concrete panel replacement.
  • Westbound traffic continues to be maintained through Phase 1 primarily on the south side of the street.