Changes coming to Route 40 in Ballard

A number of improvements have been planned for Route 40 in downtown Ballard.

The Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro are planning to create new dedicated bus lanes, upgrade traffic signals, and implement turn restrictions along several busy sections of Route 40.

Areas designated for improvements can be seen on the map below, and include the portion of Route 40 along Leary Ave NW from 14th Ave NW up to NW Market St and extending to 24th Ave NW.

SDOT says they expect the changes will reduce peak transit travel times by 5% to 10% and improve consistency.

Improvements along the corridor will include the following (from SDOT):

  • Dedicated bus lanes: Bus-only lanes that separate buses from traffic and improve transit travel times and reliability
  • Signal upgrades or optimization: Transit signal priority extends or activates green lights to reduce waiting times for buses at signals
  • Channelization changes or turn restrictions: Changes to lane markings, and restricting turns for other vehicles so that buses can move faster and avoid right-of-way conflicts, making all travelers safer
  • Safety improvements: Improvements to crossings and transit connections to help people get to bus stops more easily and safely
  • Sidewalk upgrades: Repaving sidewalks and upgrading curb ramps to become ADA-accessible in key locations 

The Route 40 improvements will not be transitioned into a RapidRide line, but SDOT says the upgrades will be “designed to align with potential future RapidRide expansion.”

SDOT is publishing a virtual open house today (May 23) at 3 p.m. to provide more information about the project; visit this site for more info.

With the preliminary design complete, SDOT is reaching out to businesses, residents, and organizations located near the proposed design changes to hear their feedback. The virtual open house will include a survey you can take to provide comments.

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