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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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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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Applications due Friday for public space ‘parklets’

February 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Business and community groups are invited to submit applications to the city for a “parklet” – privately-funded and maintained structures that convert on-street parking spots into public spaces. The pilot program is through the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Public Space Management Program.

The Pilot Parklet Program was launched in summer 2013 with the opening of the Montana Bar parklet on Capitol Hill and the approval of parklets in Belltown and Chinatown/International District. The pilot program explores how well parklets serve Seattle neighborhoods; extending the program through 2014 will allow SDOT to evaluate parklets in diverse neighborhoods and various conditions before making recommendations on a permanent program.

Five new parklets will be permitted during this second phase of the pilot program. Application guidelines are available on the Seattle Pilot Parklet Program website, along with additional resources to help interested parties identify a potential parklet location. All application materials must be emailed to jennifer.wieland@seattle.gov by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2014.

Applications will be evaluated based on the parklet’s potential to successfully activate the right-of-way and provide a valuable public space; how well the proposed parklet location would complement the surrounding neighborhood and street context; and demonstrated community support. SDOT is requesting that parklet hosts have resources available to complete the design, construction, and installation of their parklet by June 2014.

SDOT’s website has pictures of other parklets around the world, to help spark ideas.

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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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Landscaping crews working on Holman Road today, one lane closed

December 13th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews have closed the outside eastbound lane of Holman Road until 3 p.m. today, to allow landscapers to finish pruning and landscaping along the roadway.

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One lane of Holman Road to be closed Sunday

December 7th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry crews will finish landscaping along Holman Road tomorrow (Sunday), from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews will close the outside, eastbound lane from Ninth Avenue Northwest, working towards Greenwood Avenue North.

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Watch out for construction on Aurora as crews complete RapidRide pedestrian improvements

November 13th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro crews are installing a number of pedestrian improvements along Aurora Avenue, getting ready for Metro’s RapidRide Line E route, which begins service in early 2014.

The improvements include the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of North 95th Street and Aurora Avenue North, along with a number of new sidewalks on Aurora and some of its side streets. These sidewalks, where existing sidewalks are substandard or don’t exist, will give transit riders a safer and more pleasant path to and from their RapidRide stops on Aurora.

The project will also add a number of federally mandated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) curb ramps (although not at every Aurora intersection). Finally, the project provides funding for additional bus arrival signs along the corridor. Construction will be completed by the end of 2014.

The E Line will operate along Aurora between the Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle. Like other RapidRide routes, it is intended to improve transit speed and reliability, all intended to make travel by public transit more appealing to commuters.

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One lane of Holman Road closed on Saturday for more ivy removal

November 8th, 2013 by Doree

Neighborhood volunteers will finish removing ivy and pruning trees along Holman Road Northwest on Saturday. The outside southbound lane of Holman will be closed from 13th Avenue NW to NW 87th Street from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The volunteers will have support from Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry crews.

Removal of invasive vines is important to the health of trees. Ivy will quickly grow up the trunk of a tree, smothering the tree’s branches, and eventually killing the tree. Even when kept only around the base of the tree, ivy still robs the tree of nutrients and can cause rot in the trunk which can lead to tree falling over. Also, trees that have their canopies covered with ivy may not be able to withstand the additional wind or snow load caused by the extra leaf area of the vines.

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