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

 

State Route 99 closes for 4+ days starting Friday

August 19th, 2014 by Doree

Drivers should plan ahead for the four-day closure of a portion of State Route 99, including the Viaduct, beginning Friday night. This will create backups on I-5 and nearby streets, so be prepared for a longer commute time. Road crews will replace 81 damaged or cracked concrete panels, repair an expansion joint, and demolish and replace the section of SR 99 over Broad Street, which will become part of the permanent connection between the SR 99 tunnel’s north portal and a new surface street section of Aurora Avenue North.

  • At 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, crews will close both directions of SR 99 between South Spokane Street and Valley Street. However, due to the Seahawks game, northbound SR 99 will remain open at South Royal Brougham way and southbound SR 99 will remain open from the Columbia Street on-ramp until midnight.
  • At 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, crews will reopen both directions of SR 99 south of the Battery Street Tunnel. Both directions of SR 99 will remain closed between the south end of the tunnel and Valley Street.
  • At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, crews will reopen both directions of SR 99 between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street.

Metro Transit will reroute a number of buses, including the D Line through Ballard, and the 5 local and express, 28 express, and RapidRide E Line along Aurora Avenue. Check Metro’s Alerts page for more information.

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DPD approves design of multi-use development at 101 NW 85th St

August 13th, 2014 by Doree

The Department of Planning and Development has conditionally approved the design of the proposed five-story mixed-use building for the long vacant lot at 101 NW 85th St., across the street from the Greenwood Fred Meyer. The current empty commercial building and two adjacent houses will be demolished to make way for the new building with 105 residential units, approximately 8,900 square feet of retail space and parking for 86 vehicles.

You can read the full DPD decision here.

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Pavement grinding work on Holman Road tonight

August 7th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews were not able to complete overnight grinding work on Holman Road Northwest last night, so they will be doing it tonight. Work will happen between 9 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and 7 a.m. Friday.

The north side of Holman Road NW between NW 87th Street and 8th Avenue NW is closed for grinding and paving work, and traffic has been shifted to the south side of the road where one lane remains open in each direction. The lane closures and traffic reconfiguration will remain in place until Aug. 14.

Following completion of the north side of the roadway, on Aug. 14 the south side of Holman Road NW will then be closed for grinding and paving between Northwest 87th Street and Eighth Avenue Northwest. Traffic will be shifted to the north side of the roadway with one lane open in each direction until Friday, Aug. 22, when paving on the south side will be complete.

Residents are advised that nighttime work is scheduled to take place between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Aug. 7, 13, 14 and 21. Paving work is weather dependent and scheduled dates are subject to change. In addition to this night work, crews will continue sidewalk and median work on Aug. 9 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Local bus access will be maintained for King County Metro’s Route 28 and RapidRide D Line. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, visit Metro Online at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/, or call (206) 553-3000.

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Holman Road closures and nighttime work next week

July 31st, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close the north side of Holman Road NW between NW 87th Street and 8th Avenue NW beginning at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. for grinding and paving work (weather permitting). Traffic will be shifted to the south side of the road where one lane will remain open in each direction. The lane closures and traffic reconfiguration will remain in place until Aug. 14.

Following completion of the north side of the roadway, on Aug. 14 the south side of Holman Road NW will then be closed for grinding and paving between Northwest 87th Street and Eighth Avenue Northwest. Traffic will be shifted to the north side of the roadway with one lane open in each direction until Friday, Aug. 22, when paving on the south side will be complete.

Residents are advised that nighttime work is scheduled to take place between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Aug. 6, 13, 14 and 21. Paving work is weather dependent and scheduled dates are subject to change. In addition to this night work, crews will continue sidewalk and median work on Aug. 9 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Local bus access will be maintained for King County Metro’s Route 28 and RapidRide D Line. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, visit Metro Online at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/, or call (206) 553-3000.

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Design Review Board recommendation meeting for 6800 Greenwood

June 9th, 2014 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will view updated design information and give its recommendation on the proposed development at 6800 Greenwood Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW.

Developers have applied to build a four-story building with 32 residential units, 4,000 square feet of commercial space and underground parking for 28 vehicles. The site is currently an empty lot.

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Written comments about the design of the project will be accepted through June 23. You can email them to PRC@seattle.gov or write to: City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

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Carkeek Park entry road closed again today for repaving

May 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews have closed the entry road into Carkeek Park again today to finish repaving work. The road should reopen by 5 p.m.

Bicycle and pedestrian access will be curtailed on the entry road on May 13th but unpaved trails into and through the park will be open as usual.

The repaving of NW Carkeek Park Road is part of a larger repaving project by SDOT in the immediate surrounding neighborhood, including 8th Ave. NW, NW 114th Pl., NW 116th St., 6th Ave. NW and NW 117th St.

The repaving project is expected to be completed over a period of two weeks beginning May 6, 2014 and ending on Friday, May 16th. Typical working hours are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Seattle Public Schools hosting community meeting Tuesday about latest plans for Wilson-Pacific project

May 12th, 2014 by Doree

Many students in the Phinney-Greenwood area may be assigned to the proposed Wilson-Pacific school just off Aurora Avenue on North 90th Street when it’s built in a few years. Seattle Public Schools plans to tear down the current building and construct a new elementary and middle school on the site, to open in fall 2017.

SPS will host a community meeting to answer questions about the project at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the current Wilson-Pacific building, 1330 N. 90th St. (use the south entrance on North 90th Street.)

The existing structure will be demolished to make room for the new 1,000 seat middle school and the 660 seat elementary school buildings. Attendees will be able to make comments and ask questions with regard to the project’s building and site design.

However, last week the district’s Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee released a report which calls for the site to instead be a state-of-the-art high school serving 2,500 students. We’ve got a message in to SPS to find out more about the report and how it affects the current plans.

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Holman Road paving project begins Monday

April 11th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will repave 1.3 miles of Holman Road NW from Greenwood Avenue North to Northwest 87th Street, beginning Monday.

Road crews also will construct a pedestrian median at the intersection of Holman and 13th Avenue NW, a new median at 7th Avenue NW, enlarge a current median at Holman and 15th Avenue NW, and repair sidewalk spots and build curb ramps. Transit riders will get new bus shelters with better lighting.

To reduce impacts to the surrounding community, this project has been divided into two phases. The first phase of work will be done in Zone 1 on Holman Road Northwest between 7th Avenue Northwest and Greenwood Avenue North and is expected to be complete in June. Once Zone 1 is complete, crews will begin work on Zone 2, on Holman Road Northwest between Northwest 87th Street and 7th Avenue Northwest, which is expected to be complete by September.

Drivers can expect some lane closures and parking restrictions within the construction zone. Regular construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of bridge expansion joint replacement work of Holman Road Bridge in Zone 2, which will require a full closure of Holman Road Northwest at 8th Avenue Northwest in both directions while work is conducted during weekend nights.

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Reminder: North 80th closed between Fremont and Dayton avenues for paving work March 3-14, North 105th paving moves east

March 2nd, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a reminder that Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close North 80th Street from Fremont to Dayton avenues beginning Monday, March 3, to replace about 40 concrete roadway panels. The work is expected to be completed on Friday, March 14.

That stretch of 80th will be closed to all traffic during the day, leaving one westbound lane open at night from 6 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. each morning. Sidewalks will remain open. Traffic will be detoured to North 85th Street between Greenwood and Aurora avenues.

And a heads up that the paving project on North 105th Street to Northgate is shifting east to between Aurora Avenue North and Meridian Avenue North on Monday, weather permitting (that shift was delayed because of weather).

During the week when the move occurs, all of the lanes on 105th from Greenwood Avenue North to Aurora Avenue North will be reopened to traffic. The contractor will then move to the segment of 105th and of North Northgate Way between Aurora Avenue North and Meridian Avenue North, and the eastbound travel lanes between Aurora and Meridian will be closed. Westbound traffic in this segment will be reduced to a single lane. This closure and lane reduction is expected to remain in place through July.

Detours after the shift:

  • General purpose traffic will be detoured either north on Aurora to North 115th Street or south on Aurora to North 85th Street.
  • Truck traffic will be detoured either north on Aurora to North 145th Street or south on Aurora to North 85th Street.
  • General purpose traffic heading to North Seattle Community College, Northgate Shopping Center, or other destinations in the area may also detour south on Aurora to North 90th Street, then east to Wallingford Avenue North, then turn north on Wallingford to North 92nd Street, east on 92nd, and north again along College Way North/Meridian Avenue North.

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Road crews replacing concrete panels on 80th Street next week, traffic to be rerouted

February 25th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will replace about 40 concrete roadway panels on North 80th Street from Fremont to Dayton avenues beginning next Monday, March 3. The work is expected to be completed on Friday, March 14.

That stretch of 80th will be closed to all traffic during the day, leaving one westbound lane open at night from 6 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. each morning. Sidewalks will remain open. Traffic will be detoured to North 85th Street between Greenwood and Aurora avenues.

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Additional lanes closed at 105th, Holman and Greenwood Avenue through Thursday because of paving project

January 21st, 2014 by Doree

Road construction at North 105th Street, Holman Road and Greenwood Avenue North is about to get even more challenging for drivers as Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close additional lanes starting today through Thursday.

Westbound traffic on North 105th Street will be reduced to a single lane. Northbound traffic on Greenwood Avenue North will be reduced to one lane just north of the intersection with North 105th.

Eastbound traffic on North 105th between Greenwood Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North remains closed, but is currently projected to reopen by mid-February.

Police Officers will assist at the site during the afternoon peak traffic period. Drivers are advised to allow extra time or select an alternate route.

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DPD report from Early Design Guidance meeting for 6800 Greenwood development

January 9th, 2014 by Doree

About 75 people attended the Early Design Review meeting last month for the proposed residential/retail project on the corner of North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, which is currently an empty lot.

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has released a 10-page report from that meeting, which includes comments ranging from reducing the overall size and bulk of the building, to increasing the setbacks from neighboring residences, using exterior materials that more closely reflect Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Urban Village Design Guidelines, and modifying the building so it doesn’t create a blind corner for traffic turning on to Greenwood from 68th.

The developer’s preliminary designs show three potential options of mostly studios and one-bedroom units, with a handful of two-bedroom units. The proposal is for 39-46 residential units, plus two retail spaces on the ground floor. Two of the options provide up to 15 spaces for parking; one option provides no parking.

Some neighbors who are concerned about impacts from this project and other development sites in the neighborhood have formed a Google Group so residents living near the proposed project (as well as the former site of Francine Seders Gallery a block south and the former Oroweat Bakery site a block north) can subscribe to it and keep abreast of developments. You need a Google account to join the PhinneyFolks group.

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