A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Reminder: Early Design Guidance Meeting for planned developed at NW 85th St & 1st Ave NW

June 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development is holding an Early Design Guidance Meeting for a planned development at 101 NW 85th St at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St., in the library.

The property on the southwest corner of 1st Avenue NW and NW 85th Street currently houses an empty building and a large parking lot, plus an adjacent empty lot, and another lot with a home, which will be demolished.

85th & 1st-development-resized

The developers have proposed a five-story building with 104 residential units, and ground-level retail. Parking will be provided at and below grade.

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Blast from the past on 85th Street

May 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Alyssa sent us this photo of workers uncovering an old storefront for Palace Dry Cleaners, on the corner of NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW.


If anybody remembers the old Palace Dry Cleaners, please tell us about it in a comment below.

Thanks for the photo, Alyssa!

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85th Street will be closed eastbound from 3rd to Greenwood avenues on Tuesday & Wednesday

April 1st, 2013 by Doree

Road crews will close eastbound 85th Street between 3rd Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North on Tuesday and Wednesday to replace concrete panels at Palatine Avenue North. This is part of the final wrap-up work of last year’s repaving of 85th from Ballard to I-5.

The road closure will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday and last through Wednesday evening, weather permitting.

Traffic will be detoured to North 80th Street via 3rd Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North. One westbound lane will remain open. Police officers will assist traffic. Drivers should expect delays through that area.

Eastbound Metro buses will be detoured to North 90th Street; westbound buses will remain on North 85th Street.

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Road crews to fix sidewalk at 85th Street and Aurora Avenue this weekend

February 21st, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will remove loose curb and uplifted sidewalk on the east side of Aurora Avenue North just south of North 85th Street this weekend.

SDOT crews will begin work at 8 a.m. Saturday. On Sunday, SDOT’s Urban Forestry crews will remove a sweet gum tree which has caused the curb and sidewalk damage. Two northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Crews will form the new sidewalk and curb the following weekend, March 2-3. Expect some congestion and slower traffic in the work zone both weekends.

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85th Street paving project by the numbers

October 30th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has finished major construction on the two-mile stretch of N/NW 85th Street from 15th Avenue NW in Ballard to I-5, and on Greenwood Avenue North between North 85th Street and North 73rd Street.

In less than a year, road crews laid down 203,946 square feet of concrete roadway, more than 7,234 tons of final asphalt pavement, installed 232 new ADA-accessible curb ramps, 68,080 square feet of sidewalk, and more than 100 new stormwater features such as drainage facilities and catch basins.

But crews are still doing some wrap-up work here and there.

A PhinneyWood reader emailed us yesterday to ask why crews were out jackhammering at Greenwood and 83rd yesterday. Here’s what SDOT told me:

They were adjusting a utility casting that was a little low and needed to be brought up to the roadway height. While the 85th Paving Project is mostly complete, there is a substantial amount of wrap up work that will happen this fall to button up all the loose ends. It is pretty typical to have wrap up work after major construction is complete.

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Weekend work on 80th Street rescheduled for Saturday

October 12th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation had planned to return North 80th Street to its original configuration next weekend, but has moved the work up to this weekend, because the forecast is better than expected.

North 80th Street has been the detour route for nearly a year as SDOT repaved 85th Street from Ballard to I-5. The roadway between Linden Avenue North and Burke Avenue North was restriped to allow two lanes in the eastbound direction, but now road crews will return the roadway to its original configuration.

That work is scheduled to happen from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Drivers may experience some short-term delays until the work is done.

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Eastbound detour on 85th Street ends on Thursday

October 8th, 2012 by Doree

Drivers heading eastbound on NW/North 85th Street have had to deal with detours for nearly a year now, as Seattle Department of Transportation reconstructed the roadway from Ballard to I-5. Now, SDOT says the final detour stage will end on Thursday.

The eastbound detour between Aurora Avenue North and Wallingford Avenue North will be removed after Thursday’s morning commute. All lanes will be open by mid-day. That also means Metro’s eastbound Route 48 bus will return to its regular route along 85th Street.

Once that detour is gone, SDOT will begin restoring the detour route of North 80th Street to its original configuration between Linden Avenue North and Burke Avenue North. That means the left-turn restrictions from eastbound 80th Street onto Aurora will be removed and the roadway will be restriped to allow two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane.

This week, SDOT crews will be doing minor wrap up work all along NW/North 85th Street, including some electrical and storm drainage work, adjusting traffic signs, reinstalling bike racks, and final adjustments to the new asphalt and concrete roadway and sidewalks. All major construction will be done by the end of October.

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Year-long paving project on 85th Street almost done

October 1st, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is wrapping up its nearly year-long repaving project along NW/North 85th Street from Ballard to I-5. The eastbound detour on North 85th Street will end sometime in mid-October, although minor construction will continue through the end of the month.

This week, SDOT will be doing final lane striping on Tuesday, and will continue sidewalk replacement work on the north and south sides of 85th. Crews also will be busy adjusting traffic signs, reinstalling bike racks, and replacing concrete panels between Linden and Aurora avenues north.

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Aurora & 85th intersection reopens a day early

September 23rd, 2012 by Doree

The intersection of North 85th Street and Aurora Avenue North has reopened a day early, because Seattle Department of Transportation crews finished paving work. The intersection had been scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.

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