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Scenes from PhinneyWood 2013 Summer Streets

August 9th, 2013 by Dale

Many more people traveled down Greenwood and Phinney avenues this evening than a normal Friday night, but they did it at a much more sedate pace, with many quirky diversions along the way.

Here are a few scenes from tonight’s annual Summer Streets event.

People try out the pianos put in the street by A-1 Piano.

People try out the pianos put in the street by A-1 Piano.

Graffiti artists demonstrate their talent near the intersection of 85th and Greenwood.

Graffiti artists demonstrate their talent near the intersection of 85th and Greenwood.

Valentine's Men's Grooming Salon hosts Ayron Jones, who plays an energetic set from the back of a classic Volkswagen pickup.

Valentine’s Men’s Grooming Salon hosts Ayron Jones, who plays an energetic set from the back of a classic Volkswagen pickup.

Kids hit the street dance floor outside Illumination Learning Studio.

Kids hit the street dance floor outside Illumination Learning Studio.

Artist Liesel Lund takes advantage of the road closure to get a different perspective on her subject

Artist Liesel Lund takes advantage of the road closure to get a different perspective on her subject

A spirited conversation ensues in a pop-up living room.

A spirited conversation ensues in a pop-up living room.

What did you think of tonight’s event? Is one time a year enough? Too much? What would make it better?

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Speeding motorcyclist seriously injured in Sunday morning collision with pickup at Greenwood Avenue and Holman Road

June 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday morning when he collided with a pickup truck. From the SPD Blotter:

At approximately 7:31 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto northbound Greenwood Avenue North from Holman Road Northwest. The officer engaged his emergency lights and siren while attempting to catch up to the motorcyclist, who was several blocks ahead of the officer. The motorcyclist failed to stop.

The motorcyclist turned onto eastbound North 125th Street and the officer lost sight of the him. The officer regained sight of the motorcyclist in the area of the 12200 block of southbound Phinney Avenue North. When the motorcyclist turned onto westbound North 122nd Street the officer again lost sight of the him. The motorcyclist appears to have attempted to turn onto southbound Greenwood Avenue North from North 122nd Street when he collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.

Traffic control devices for the intersection at North 122nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North consist of stop signs facing traffic on North 122nd Street; there are no traffic control devices for traffic on Greenwood Avenue North.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The adult male driver and adult male passenger of the pickup truck were not injured and declined medical attention.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Metro Route 5 is rerouted off Greenwood Avenue between North 105 and North 125 streets until further notice. Metro supervisor vans will be shuttling customers in and out of the rerouted area.

Update 3:20 p.m.: Metro Route 5 has resumed its regular route on Greenwood Avenue now that the scene has been cleared.

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Join Greenwood Community Council members to document walking along unsafe areas of Greenwood Avenue

June 17th, 2013 by Doree

Members of the Greenwood Community Council are asking neighbors to join them on a walk along Greenwood Avenue North, to explore the areas north of North 90th Street, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The state of Greenwood Ave north of 90th is of great concern for many Greenwood residents. The lack of sidewalks, sufficient lighting and a busy arterial create an unsafe atmosphere for pedestrians. To shed light on this issue, the Greenwood Community Council (GCC) invites individuals to join us on a Greenwood Ave walk and adventure beyond where the sidewalk ends.

Purpose: To document the experience of walking Greenwood Ave north of 90th in the evening. Documentation of this experience will be used to generate awareness of the conditions pedestrians face on north Greenwood Ave.

Meet at Naked City Taphouse & Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. at 8:30 p.m. Walkers will leave Naked City at 9 p.m., walk north to North 105th St., then return.

If you can’t make it to the walk, but want to send feedback about your own experiences walking along that stretch of road, email your comments to info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

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Open house next Wednesday to discuss bus stop improvements on Greenwood from 87th to 105th streets

November 21st, 2012 by Doree

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting an open house next Wednesday, Nov. 28, to talk about plans for bus stop improvements along Greenwood Avenue North between North 87th Street and North 105th Street. The improvements include consolidation of some stops.

The plans are in the early design phase, so this is the best time for people to weigh in.

The open house is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. SDOT will also share information on possible future plans for that stretch of road, including curbs and sidewalks, bike lanes, and marked parking.

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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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Year-long paving project of 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue begins Oct. 17

October 7th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has just told us that the year-long project to repave 85th Street from I-5 to 15th Avenue NW in Ballard – plus repave Greenwood Avenue North from North 85th to North 73rd streets – will begin the week of Oct. 17.

SDOT is still waiting to hear from its contractor on the exact day of that week that they will start.

SDOT crews will begin at 15th Avenue NW and work their way east in five phases. They’ll also start right away on rebuilding the intersection of North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Stay tuned to PhinneyWood throughout the year-long project, as we’ll provide regular updates on SDOT’s construction schedule, road and driveway closures, detours, etc.

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Get ready for major construction on 85th Street and Greenwood Avenues starting this fall

May 13th, 2011 by Doree

Businesses and residents along 85th Street from Green Lake to Greenwood and Ballard will have some major disruptions to deal with beginning this fall, when the Seattle Department of Transportation begins a yearlong project to repave 85th Street all the way from Interstate 5 to 15th Avenue NW.

Traffic will be severely impacted along 85th Street during a yearlong paving project.

But, in the end, that street will not only be easier to drive on, there will be new curb ramps, bus stop improvements, repaired sidewalks, new underground drainage and environmentally friendly storm water facilities.

Work is scheduled to begin in October and last about one year. The $12.5 million project is being paid for with funds from the 2006 Bridging the Gap Levy.

Another $2 million repaving project, along Greenwood Avenue North from North 85th Street to North 73rd Street, will happen at about the same time, in conjunction with the first two of the 85th Street project’s five phases. SDOT also will replace sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue North for about 100 feet north and south of the North 85th Street intersection.

“It’s the single largest paving project in the nine-year history of Bridging the Gap,” SDOT Project Manager Jessica Murphy explained to the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce on Friday afternoon.

On 85th Street, SDOT will pour new concrete pavement in the curb lanes, where heavier traffic such as buses and trucks usually travel. The inside lanes in each direction will mostly be resurfaced with asphalt, with a few exceptions.

Three intersections along 85th Street will be completely rebuilt with all concrete because of heavy use: 8th Avenue NW, Greenwood Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North.

Murphy called the Greenwood Avenue resurfacing a “preservation project,” explaining that it’s much easier and cheaper to fix pavement now before it needs a complete re-do, like on 85th Street. However, the entire intersection at Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street will be rebuilt with concrete.

SDOT will upgrade curb ramps at all corners for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. Storm water retention pipes will be installed on 85th Street to reduce peak flows, as well as storm water filtering devices to remove most of the sediment before it reaches the creeks.

Most areas will get repaired and improvement sidewalks, but SDOT will completely replace the sidewalks on 85th Street between Wallingford and Aurora avenues.

85th Street will be narrowed to one lane in each direction sometimes, and complete detours will be in place at other times.

“The construction impacts are going to be significant on 85th. Obviously every business that has a driveway on 85th will be impacted at some point several times,” Murphy said, adding that driveway closures would be limited to a few days here and there for each business.

SDOT has been conducting surveys of businesses along 85th.

“We try to support the businesses by trying to work within what their operational needs are,” she said.

SDOT is still finishing design work and figuring out all the details. A likely candidate for detours would be 80th Street. Murphy said the agency will conduct a full traffic signal analysis of detour routes so they can retime traffic lights for maximum efficiency.

While the project starts in October, SDOT will not put in place any detours until January, after the holiday shopping season.

Work on 85th Street will happen in five phases, starting at 15th Avenue NW and moving east.

  • Phase 1 – 15th Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW
  • Phase 2 – 8th Avenue NW to Greenwood Avenue North
  • Phase 3 – Greenwood Avenue North to Aurora Avenue North
  • Phase 4 – Aurora Avenue North to Wallingford Avenue North
  • Phase 5 – Wallingford Avenue North to I-5.

SDOT hopes to finish the first two phases by spring of 2012. Work will primarily happen during the day, except work on the major intersections will happen at night on a 24-hour schedule.

“We’re really going to need the community’s help and support to get through it,” Murphy said. “It’s going to be a challenge for everyone.”

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