April 15th, 2013 by Doree
Volunteers with the 63rd Street Mural Project are ready to move forward with plans to paint a new mural on the Aurora Avenue underpass. They’ve got a meeting set up from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 3 of the Blue Building.
Come and discuss the latest plans for the new mural at the 63rd Street/Aurora underpass. What will it look like? Who will paint it? One side or two? What is the theme? Your attendance counts toward our match of the city’s grant, so let’s pack the room!
The previous mural on the site was painted over after repeatedly being hit by graffiti.
Tags: 63rd Street Mural Underpass, Aurora Avenue, graffiti, murals
March 13th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation will hold an open house on March 20 about planning for the Aurora RapidRide E Line. It will connect Shoreline’s Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle along Aurora Avenue North.
Come to the open house to see the plans for bus stop improvements and pedestrian amenities and ask questions of planners.
The open house is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, Bitter Lake Community Center, Metro, RapidRide, transit, transportation
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.
Tags: 85th Street, Aurora Avenue, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
October 24th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Police had to deal with two incidents on Aurora Avenue North at the east edge of Woodland Park Zoo last night. First, a pedestrian trying to cross Aurora was hit by a car. Then, while investigating, a suspected DUI driver tried to drive around the roadblock and hit a police car.
Here’s what the SPD Blotter had to say about the first incident.
An adult man attempting to cross the 5900 Block of Aurora Avenue North last night was struck by a car travelling southbound, causing life-threatening injuries.
At about 9:15 last night, the pedestrian was attempting to cross Aurora when he was hit by a Subaru travelling southbound. The pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center by Seattle Fire Department Medics. The driver of the Subaru was evaluated at the scene by a Drug Recognition Expert officer, and it was determined that there were no signs of intoxication on the part of the driver. The driver was interviewed and released from the scene, pending further investigation. The Subaru was impounded as evidence. Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded to the scene and began their investigation. This remains an active and on-going TCIS investigation.
And then this:
While officers were busy investigating the earlier mentioned car/pedestrian collision on Aurora, a female driver and her passenger attempted to drive past the patrol cars and police line on Aurora, and ended up striking the rear of one of the patrol cars. The driver then continued to drive while her car was straddling the center median before she was stopped by detectives in the next block.
Despite the fact that there were patrol cars with flashing lights, police tape, flares, and traffic cones all put in place to direct traffic and protect the crime scene, the female driver and her passenger drove through the scene at approximately 25 mph, and struck the rear bumper of the patrol car. The driver was able to drive her car while straddling the median, before finally being stopped by Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives at N. 60th and Aurora. The driver was evaluated and processed for DUI. The female passenger in the car was arrested for obstructing and outstanding warrants. The officer who was seated in the struck patrol car was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, Seattle Police, SPD, SPD Blotter
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.
Tags: 85th Street, Aurora Avenue, construction, paving, repaving, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic
August 21st, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Police say a man suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car on Aurora Avenue during the evening commute.
From the SPD Blotter:
An adult male pedestrian sustains life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car on Aurora Avenue. Tonight at approximately 5:54 p.m. officers responded to North 59th Street and Aurora Avenue North for reports of a vehicle/pedestrian collision with injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male pedestrian was crossing Aurora Avenue North at North 59th Street. At the same time an adult male driver was traveling southbound on Aurora Avenue North in his Ford Mustang. The two collided in the southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North.
SFD medics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.
Aurora Avenue northbound is completely open to all traffic.
Aurora Avenue southbound is completely shut down and traffic is being diverted. Estimated road closure is approximately two hours.
Tags: accident, Aurora Avenue
July 12th, 2011 by Doree
The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) hosts a series of summer history tours, including a tour focusing on Aurora Avenue North. “Aurora: Life on Seattle’s Mother Road” is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. The tour will be led by local historian Roger van Oosten.
Thousands of drivers use Aurora Avenue every day, yet few understand how a city street can be as controversial as this one. Aurora plays host to a broad and colorful spectrum of Seattle characters, often receiving public criticism as a result. Historian Roger van Oosten will give an informative, witty, and fun tour of the heart of Aurora, offering insight into why this historic Mother Road is vital to Seattle’s past, present and future. A light lunch will be served in Licton Springs Park following the tour, weather permitting. Meet at the corner of N 90th St. and Stone Ave. N.
Purchase tickets for the tour at Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, MOHAI, Museum of History & Industry
April 15th, 2011 by Thea Chard
Note: This post is from our sister site Queen Anne View.
Beginning at approximately 7 a.m. and running through the rest of the day on Thursday, April 14, Seattle Police Department and Washington State Patrol officers conducted a major safe driving enforcement patrol along Aurora Ave N.
Over the course of the day patrol officers tracked a total of 677 violations, wrote up 509 citations, clocked 331 speeders and doled out 198 warnings to drivers, according to the SPD Blotter. These numbers include 62 people caught driving while talking on their cell phones, 80 driving without insurance, 23 without a license, and a total of six who were arrested and charged with DUIs. Here’s the breakdown of violations, and subsequent tickets, for the day:
Tickets issued for the following violations:
Aggressive driving – 19
DUI Arrest – 6
Negligent Driving – 2
High speed – 66 in a 40 MPH zone
Cell phone – 62
No insurance – 80
No Operators License – 23
FTY to Pedestrians – 1
FTY Right of Way – 2
Unsafe Lane Change – 21
Follow to close – 2
School zone – 8
School zone (speed van) – 42
Bicycle – 2
Inattention – 2
Defective Equipment – 8
Illegal turns – 16
Signs Obey – 15
No seatbelt – 30
Vehicle License – 5
While SPD did dish out quite a lot of tickets along Aurora yesterday, officers say the primary aim of the patrol was safety. “The overall goal of the Aurora Avenue emphasis patrol is to promote safe driving behavior, not necessarily to write tickets. Tickets are however, a product of traffic law enforcement,” SPD said in a statement.
What do you think? Did the patrol help remind the public to drive safely along Aurora, which has an extremely high collision incident rate, or was it just an excuse for officers to hand out more tickets in a shorter amount of time? What do you think SPD and the city could do to make Aurora safer?
Tags: Aurora Avenue, DUI, safety, Seattle Police, speeding, traffic
April 14th, 2011 by Doree
Here’s a reminder that the Seattle Police Department is conducting a major traffic enforcement patrol along Aurora Avenue North today.
The extra patrol started at 6:30 this morning and will run until this evening.
Specifically the patrol is focusing on the behaviors that contribute to collisions, injuries and deaths along Aurora Avenue such as speeding, following too close, unsafe turns and lane changes, impaired driving (DUI), cell phone usage, texting and other in car distractions.
More than 50 Seattle Police Department personnel are participating, including motorcycle and squad car units, the Aggressive Driver Response Team (ADRT) and the DUI squad. Joining SPD will be six patrol units from the Washington State Patrol and three teams from the Washington Liquor Control Board. A Unified Command Center has been established at North 125th Street and Aurora Avenue North.
The April 14th patrol is part of a two year project to improve safety along Aurora Avenue North. Between April 2005 and March 2008, 1,581 collisions occurred on Aurora between the Battery Street Tunnel and North 145th Street.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, driving, SPD, traffic
October 13th, 2010 by Doree
A group of local muralists has painted their second mural along Aurora Avenue North, trying to bring new life and a little more color to Highway 99.
Zach Bohnenkamp, John Osgood and Kevin Sullivan from Bherd Studios and Matamuros painted the mural at 10217 Aurora Ave. N., on the side of North Park Grocery.
The 10 x 50 foot mural represents growth through sunflowers, businesses and a future RapidRide bus. Safe travel behavior is modeled by a woman on a scooter wearing a helmet waiting for a people to cross the street and the Aurora Traffic Safety Project logo in the upper right hand corner. If one looks closely they will also find familiar landmarks such as the recently restored elephant at Aurora Rents. Behind it all is the sun rising, capturing the spirit of Aurora which means “dawn.”
“My customers come in all shapes and sizes and many are working hard to improve their lives,” said Chaesun Osaka, the owner of North Park Grocery, in a press release. “This mural represents how Aurora and the people who live and work here are growing and changing.”
The public is invited to celebrate the mural at 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet the artists and fellow neighbors, learn more about the Aurora Traffic Safety Project, and enjoy free coffee and snacks.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, murals
September 22nd, 2010 by Doree
Update: Traffic is now moving northbound on Aurora Avenue North after this afternoon’s accident.
Earlier: All lanes of northbound Aurora Avenue are blocked from North 59th St past North 67th Street, because of a car vs. pedestrian accident.
According to the Seattle Fire Department’s Real Time 911 Log, Engine 21, Engine 16 and Medic 18 were dispatched. The accident happened about 12:16 p.m.
Our sister site, My Green Lake, is tweeting updates from the scene, and has a full report here.
Update 1:40 p.m.: Here’s the latest from the Seattle Police Department Blotter:
Vehicle/Pedestrian collision with injuries
On September 22nd at approximately 12:15 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of a vehicle/pedestrian collision in the 6700 block of northbound Aurora Avenue North. An adult male pedestrian was crossing Aurora Avenue North from west to east and was struck by a northbound van in the inside lane. He was subsequently struck a second time by another northbound truck in the center lane.
The pedestrian was transported by SFD medics to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Neither one of the involved drivers were injured.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are on scene actively investigating.
All three northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North are completely shut down at the 5900 block with traffic being diverted eastbound onto Greenlake Way. We estimate this closure will last several hours.
Tags: accident, Aurora Avenue
March 10th, 2010 by Doree
As the Aurora Avenue neighborhood struggles to stay competitive and clean and safe, neighborhood groups have banded together to beautify the area.
Sustainable Green Lake, Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN) and the City of Seattle envision Aurora as a street full of thriving businesses and shoppers – one with a vibrant business center that attracts local residents to walk and bike to stores and restaurants for their weekly shopping and entertainment. To encourage this, a temporary installation of artwork is being placed in the windows of an empty storefront at 7615 Aurora Ave. N. A second location is being sought.
Created by a local team of artists, the new mural features the theme “Awake to a New Aurora” with a vibrant scene transitioning from green space to a rising sun backdropped with the view of the downtown cityscape as you go over Aurora Bridge.
Here’s one of the mural’s six panels.
Zach Bohnenkamp, John Osgood and Kevin Sullivan from Seattle Mural Art, a local muralist team whose most recent work was installed next to Taproot Theatre after the arsons, have been commissioned for the new Aurora murals.
“This is a great project bringing together artists, community groups and businesses to improve Aurora,” Andy Leong, property owner of 7615 Aurora Ave. N., said in a press release.
Here’s the mural in progress.
The mural’s unveiling is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Meet the artists and fellow neighbors and enjoy free pizza and soda.
Tags: art, Aurora Avenue, GAIN