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Transit and Sidewalk Project begins work on west side of Greenwood Avenue

April 19th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has finished most of the improvements on the east side of Greenwood Avenue North for its Transit & Sidewalk Project, including new bus islands, and is completing final paving between the roadway and the curb. Crews have now moved on to the west side of Greenwood Avenue.

Crews will install bus islands and curb ramps at N 97th St and N 92nd St, a curb ramp at N 102nd St, and other improvements at N 95th St. Crews plan to start work on the bus islands at N 97th St and N 92nd St first. Installing the curb ramps at N 92nd St and N 97th St, as well as the work at N 95th St, may require a temporary side street closure at Greenwood Ave N. To complete this work safely, crews will set up pedestrian detour routes around the work zone. You may hear noise from construction equipment between 7 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

To accommodate the work, on-street parking will be restricted in the work zone on the west side of Greenwood Ave N and southbound traffic will be shifted to the center lane to make room for a safe work zone. Bicycles will continue to merge with traffic and King County Metro will provide temporary bus stops for N 97th St and N 92nd St. Northbound traffic will use the regular northbound lane.

As equipment and materials become available, crews will:

Pave the areas of the street, walkways, and driveways that were disturbed by construction on both sides of Greenwood Ave N. This work will require temporary partial closures of driveways (east side only) and walkways as crews remove old pavement and pour new pavement. Depending on the size of the driveway, crews will preserve driveway access by working on one half of a driveway at a time or placing down a steel plate for drivers. Property owners will be contacted individually before driveway work begins.

Pave and patch both sides of Greenwood Ave N at N 92nd St to finish previous work performed by Seattle Public Utilities. On the east side of Greenwood Ave N at N 103rd St, the road will also be paved and patched. We may partially close these side streets at Greenwood Ave N during working hours to complete the work.

Plant trees, add soil to landscaped areas, and complete cleanup and other finishing work. This portion of work may continue into June.

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Greenwood Avenue Transit and Sidewalk Project about to move to next phase

March 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation says the Greenwood Avenue North Transit and Sidewalk Project is progressing on schedule and will soon move into the next phase. Crews are finishing installation of new sidewalks on the east side of Greenwood Avenue north of North 100th Street.

Construction activity in March and April will include work on both the east and west sides of Greenwood Ave N. On the east side, crews will first install bus islands and remaining improvements and then conduct final paving, including filling gaps between the roadway and curb. Work between N 97th St and N 105th St will be completed first, then crews will shift the traffic detour south to complete the work between N 92nd St and N 97th St.

Once the east side work is complete, crews will shift southbound traffic to the center lane to make room for a safe work zone on the west side. Bicycles will continue to merge with traffic and King County Metro will provide temporary bus stops for N 97th St and N 92nd St. Northbound traffic will use the regular northbound lane.

West side work will include installation of bus islands and curb ramps at N 97th St and N 92nd St, a curb ramp at N 102nd St, and other improvements at N 95th St. Crews will then conduct final paving, including filling gaps between the roadway and curb.

Final steps in the project will include planting trees and adding soil to landscaped areas. Sidewalks on the east side of Greenwood Avenue will remain open, but intermittent pedestrian detours may be needed on the west side. Most of the remaining work should be completed over the next 2 months, but it will take until June for crews to finish up all cleaning and inspections.

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SDOT now in Phase 2 of Greenwood transit and sidewalk project

January 25th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has finished the first phase of its Greenwood Avenue North Transit and Sidewalk Project and has moved into Phase 2.

During Phase 1, crews built new sidewalks and curb ramps that are ADA accessible along the east side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd Street and North 97th Street, and between North 104th Street and North 105th Street.

Crews will now work from south to north along the corridor installing new sidewalks, planting strips, and curb ramps on the east side of Greenwood Avenue between North 97th Street and North 104th Street. After that, crews will install new bus islands, shelters, lighting and other improvements between North 90th Street and North 103rd Street. The project is expected to be finished in April.

See the project webpage for complete details of the project, including construction fact sheets.

If you’d like to sign up to receive construction updates, email GreenwoodAve@seattle.gov.

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Greenwood Avenue northbound parking lane closed from 79th-80th Wednesday through Friday for repair

December 7th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close the northbound parking lane on Greenwood Avenue North between North 79th and North 80th streets from Wednesday through Friday to repair the roadway and sidewalk on the west side of the street.

Work will happen from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Bicycles will merge with general traffic and pedestrians will be detoured to the east side of Greenwood Avenue North. Traffic flaggers will be on site.

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss pedestrian issues Tuesday

November 16th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will discuss pedestrian issues at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Join the Greenwood Community Council to hear from guest speakers and engage in discussion of pedestrian and safety issues including sidewalks, safe routes to schools, dedicated facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. the Interurban Trail), Seattle’s update to the Pedestrian Master Plan, and more.

The recent passage of the Move Seattle Transportation levy will see new investments in Seattle’s pedestrian infrastructure; and Greenwood and North Seattle are sure to see many new pedestrian-focused projects in the coming years. Come out to hear from representatives from the Seattle Department of Transportation, as well as community members engaged in various pedestrian issues.

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Reminder: Safe Routes to School audits of Wilson-Pacific site are Wednesday and Saturday

November 10th, 2015 by Doree

Remember, neighbors can take part in a Safe Routes to School audit for the Wilson-Pacific schools site near Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street. The first audit starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday; the second audit starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both start at The Woodlands Pizza at 8314 Aurora Ave. N.

Three new schools will open on the site. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and Northgate Way. The purpose of the audits is to find safe routes for those students to get to school, and to suggest pedestrian improvements to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and City of Seattle.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Neighborhood groups conducting audits of safe routes to new schools at North 90th Street

November 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are conducting audits of safe routes for children to get to the three new schools that will open in fall of 2017 on North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including many students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits of potential routes, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

The audits will result in a report to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police, and City of Seattle to encourage the implementation of needed safety improvements prior to the schools’ opening.

Audits are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Wednesday Nov. 11 (Veterans Day, a school holiday), and Saturday, Nov. 14. A third day could possibly be added, depending on interest.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Partial closure of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street intersection for drainage improvements this week

September 28th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is working on drainage improvements at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street this week. SDOT made extensive pedestrian safety improvements to that intersection this summer.

The east side of the intersection will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Drivers should follow detour signs. Local access will be maintained at all times. The work is expected to take about one week.

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Be ready for significant traffic delays and detours Tuesday through Thursday

September 21st, 2015 by Doree

China’s President Xi Jinping is arriving in Seattle on Tuesday, which means traffic will suddenly be stopped or detoured to allow safe passage for his police-escorted motorcade through Thursday. (He is receiving Secret Service protection similar to the U.S. President.)

Seattle Department of Transportation has said Xi’s schedule will not be known ahead of time for security reasons, making it very difficult for drivers and bus riders to prepare. SDOT is advising people to work from home if possible, and allow extra time for travel.

Wednesday is expected to be the worst day for traffic due to Jinping’s schedule, as well as the Sounders’ match at CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m.

From Metro:

Buses on 22 routes that travel on Stewart and Virginia streets will be rerouted all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and early Thursday. Routes 25, 64, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 83, 106, 150, 177, 178, 190, 192, 252, 257, 268, 304, 308, 311, 355 and Sound Transit 545 are affected only when they are scheduled to operate via Stewart or Virginia streets.

Additionally, intermittent brief street closures and traffic slowdowns will affect travel time on area arterials and freeways. Transit service may not be able to operate on schedule during these closures, and real time departures may not report accurately in some transit apps.

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