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


Northwest District Council meets Wednesday

April 20th, 2015 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The meeting is open to the public.

Special guest will be Scott Kubly, director of Seattle Department of Transportation. On the agenda is the draft transportation levy, Safe Routes to School, and Broadview Sewer and Drainage Improvement Project.

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Road crews will pave NW 87th St from Greenwood to Phinney avenues Thursday and Friday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will pave NW 87th Street from Greenwood to Phinney avenues on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

The street will remain open for local access and through traffic will be detoured. The sidewalk on the south side of Northwest 87th Street will be closed while the crews install a new curb ramp. Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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Aurora Avenue will be down to just one southbound lane on Wednesday and Thursday

October 7th, 2014 by Doree

If you’re heading downtown on Wednesday and Thursday, be prepared for congestion as Aurora Avenue will be restricted to one southbound lane so Seattle Department of Transportation can repair the pavement in the southbound lanes between North 40th and 41st streets. Work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days, weather permitting.

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Saturday was a gorgeous day for Summer Streets

August 11th, 2014 by Doree

We had a great time at Saturday’s annual Summer Streets, sponsored by Seattle Department of Transportation, which shut down Greenwood Avenue to cars from North 65th to 87th streets. People were free to walk or ride their bikes in the street, while businesses and community groups offered children’s activities, sidewalk sales, and dance and aerial performances.


The annual Street Soccer Tournament was held in front of Naked City Brewery just south of 87th Street, while the new Youth Soccer Field was set up at 72nd.

Youth soccer field-resized

Firefighters from Station 21 let a long line of eager kids hold the fire hose (and “accidentally” spray nearby parents taking pictures!)


And musicians played a variety of music throughout the mile-long festival, including this quintet in a driveway near 70th.


A quartet on the sidewalk near 76th.


And Ayron Jones and The Way, which headlined the School of Rock stage at 87th.


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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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More Holman Road closures this week

June 9th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of Holman Road NW between 7th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday) for grinding and paving work. Traffic will shift to the eastbound lanes of Holman Road, where one lane will remain open in each direction. Paving work should be complete June 17.

SDOT will then pave the eastbound lanes, shifting traffic to the westbound lanes, until June 27.

Paving work is weather dependent, and scheduled dates are subject to change. Residents are advised that grinding is noisy and is scheduled to take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the nights of June 9 and June 18.

Metro will reroute Route 28 and RapidRide D Line off of Holman Road between 3rd and 15th avenues. Both routes will operate on nearby streets. Check out the specific route and bus stop details on Metro’s Service Advisories page.

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Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss Greenwood Avenue transit, sidewalk project

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The major topic on the agenda is Seattle Department of Transportation’s upcoming project of transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue between North 90th and 105th streets. SDOT representatives will present their plans during the meeting and answer questions.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss how sidewalk designs will impact on-street parking, and how to balance improvements for bikes and buses vs. impacts to drivers.

From GCC:

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers. Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus. Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N. This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.

Also on the agenda will be an update on the proposed park across the street from the library on Greenwood Avenue and 81st Street, and an update on micro-housing and low-rise development regulations.

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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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Parking on east side of Phinney Avenue from 61st to 64th streets restricted due to tree pruning

March 26th, 2014 by Doree

Parking is restricted on the east side of Phinney Avenue North between North 61st and 64th streets, as Seattle Department of Transportation crews prune trees. The parking restriction started today and goes through Friday.

Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and they’ll remove any “no-parking” signs that are no longer needed at the end of each day.

The trees along the east side of Phinney Avenue North are larger than those on the west side, and are blocking sight lines and growing too near existing structures.

Proper pruning improves the structure of trees. Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry crews prune approximately 3,000 trees every year in the city while also responding to emergencies and planting up to 800 trees annually.

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