July 12th, 2016 by Doree
The City of Seattle has released an updated draft of its Pedestrian Master Plan, which is the 20-year blueprint for making Seattle more walkable and accessible. Anyone can comment on Seattle Department of Transportation’s plan from now through Aug. 12 by emailing comments to PMPupdate@seattle.gov.
Through the Pedestrian Master Plan, SDOT prioritizes pedestrian investments throughout the city including new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods.
Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s safest and most accessible cities for pedestrians. It is tied for the second-lowest pedestrian fatality rate in the country, and is fifth in the country for the percentage of people who commute to work by foot according to the 2016 Benchmarking Report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center also ranks Seattle as the only platinum-level Walk Friendly Community in the nation. However, there is always more the City can do to make Seattle more walkable and accessible.
The updated PMP establishes the policies, programs, and project opportunity areas that will further enhance pedestrian safety, comfort, and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods, while remaining a national leader. It lays out the key strategies and actions that SDOT will use to achieve its vision of making Seattle the most walkable and accessible city in the nation, and it establishes the performance measures to gauge success. The update will help ensure that SDOT focuses resources on areas where walking conditions are challenging and where improvements are needed to help residents walk comfortably.
Tags: Pedestrian Master Plan, pedestrians, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
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.
Tags: construction, Greenwood Avenue, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, sidewalks, traffic, transit
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.
Tags: construction, pedestrians, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, sidewalks, streets, traffic
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.
Tags: construction, Greenwood Avenue, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, traffic, transit, transportation
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.
Tags: Greenwood Avenue North, roads, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, sidewalks
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.
Tags: greenwood community council, pedestrians, safety, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
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.
Tags: biking, Cascadia Elementary School, City of Seattle, Licton Springs K-8, pedestrians, public safety, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Safe Routes to School, School Traffic Safety Committee, schools, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Public Schools, SPD, transportation, walking, Wilson-Pacific
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.
Tags: biking, City of Seattle, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways, pedestrians, Safe Routes to Schools, safety, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Public Schools, transportation, walking
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.
Tags: 3rd Avenue, construction, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic