Transit improvements are in the works for Route 44, and King County Metro and SDOT are seeking public feedback on their proposed changes.
Metro and SDOT say the changes would aim to improve transit reliability, reduce transit travel times, and enhance pedestrian safety and access along the Route 44 corridor. They’ve developed a survey to gather feedback, which will be live until Sept. 18.
Some of the changes include adding new left-turn signals, extending turn lanes, and installing pedestrian signals at 11th Ave NW and NW Market St.
Here’s a summary of the Ballard segment changes:
(You can watch a full explanation of the design concepts here.)
These proposals are based on technical and cost analysis, plus a review of public input from surveys and drop-in sessions during the fall of 2019.
Metro and SDOT will host an online presentation on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 5:30pm to 7pm. They’ll cover design goals and details, explain the project schedule, and give an in-depth look at improvement concepts. There will also be an opportunity to ask written questions to SDOT and Metro staff during a moderated panel discussion.
The project is in the early design phase with more details to come later in 2020, and some construction to start in 2021. The project is expected to be complete by 2023.