October 2nd, 2013 by Doree
These white road markings showed up near several traffic circles in Phinney-Greenwood a couple of months ago and had some people confused.
Some thought they were a different version of “sharrows,” which highlight areas where bikes and cars share the road, but those markings include a bicycle. Others thought it had something to do with speed limits.
But Dawn Schellenberg with Seattle Department of Transportation tells us they’re part of the “pop-up” greenway that was installed back in August to show what a neighborhood greenway could look like. She said the temporary markings should wear off with the wet weather.
(Thanks to James for the photo.)
Tags: cycling, greenways, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets
August 26th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation’s annual PARK(ing) Day is Sept. 20, where anyone can transform on-street parking spaces into tiny, temporary parks as a way to promote a walkable city. This Friday, Aug. 30, is the deadline to apply.
Started in 2005 by San Francisco design firm Rebar, PARK(ing) Day has become an annual event and an international sensation. In 2012, community groups, residents, businesses, designers, and artists in over 160 cities in 35 countries participated in PARK(ing) Day to encourage a sustainable urban environment. This will be the fifth year that Seattle has participated.
If you’re interested in creating a park for Seattle PARK(ing) Day, it couldn’t be easier! The Seattle Department of Transportation is accepting applications under a single free Street Use permit, and there are some easy-to-follow guidelines on its updated webpage. You can propose a park either in two mid-block parking spaces on an arterial street or in one mid-block space on a residential street. To ensure the park meets some basic safety standards, you will need to submit a site plan and location description no later than August 30. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be an architect, engineer, or artist to draw it. All application materials can be sent via email to email@example.com.
For additional information about Seattle PARK(ing) Day, including application requirements, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seattleparkingday.htm.
Tags: PARK(ing) Day, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
August 11th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation will begin work this week on Aurora Avenue North improvements, including installing Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes, adding signal priority for Metro buses, and retiming corridor traffic signals.
Beginning September 8, BAT lanes will be in operation for the north and southbound directions on Aurora between N 38th and N 115th streets during peak travel times – 6-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. BAT lanes are reserved for buses and right-turning vehicles. The exception will be the southbound BAT lanes between N 77th and N 72nd streets, which will be activated only during the morning peak period until parking in this area is further evaluated.
Once the BAT lanes are operating, SDOT will retime signals to keep traffic moving and reduce travel times for all users of Aurora. During the fall, SDOT will install transit signal priority systems to enable traffic signals to detect approaching buses and extend a green light or end a red light early. This will improve service and reduce delays for transit users.
Following installation of the BAT lanes and traffic signal retiming, King County Metro will start RapidRide E Line service on Aurora Avenue N in February 2014, replacing Route 358.
Details of the project schedule are as follows:
• August 12, 2013: SDOT will begin removing existing signs and roadway striping, and installing new signs and striping. Medians also will be installed at Aurora/N. 87thand Aurora/N. 88th to improve safety. The expected duration of the work is three weeks, ending on September 6. Temporary parking restrictions will occur during construction.
• September 8, 2013: SDOT will open the BAT lanes.
• September 8-27, 2013: SDOT will adjust traffic signals based on the new roadway configuration and traffic queues.
• Fall 2013: SDOT will install and configure transit signal priority systems.
• February 15, 2014: King County Metro will begin RapidRide E Line service.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, construction, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, transit
August 8th, 2013 by Doree
Friday night is one of the biggest events of the year for Phinney Ridge and Greenwood as Seattle Department of Transportation closes down Greenwood-Phinney Avenue to cars from North 65th to North 87th streets so pedestrians can take over for the annual Summer Streets event.
Businesses all along that stretch will offer special activities, music and art (it coincides with the monthly Art Up Artwalk on the second Friday of every month). Summer Streets runs from 6-9:30 p.m., but streets will begin closing before that and may take a little while to open back up afterwards.
Check out the PhinneyWood Summer Streets website for a list and map of activities. Here are a few highlights:
You can play chess, hula hoop, chat with a Seattle Police officer and get help with helmet fittings; new business Gilley & Oil Family Cyclery is offering bike rides; American Dance Institute will have dancing in the street; the Bubbleman will show off in front of Metropolis; Versatile Arts will show off their cirque skills; A-1 Pianos will once again have several pianos in the street for anyone to play; and there will be plenty of crafts and family activities.
826 Seattle, 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting the UW Portable Planetarium (it’s inflatable and functions just like a full-sized planetarium). Pick up a free ticket at the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (same address as 826 Seattle) now for a 15-minute tour that will let you “Fly deep into outer space, explore new worlds, and marvel at nebula, quasars, and funny shaped galaxies.” Tours start at 6 p.m. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bring a canned food donation for the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank and they’ll build a pyramid out of all the donations in Ken’s Market parking lot at North 73rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is hosting its second annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The pre-tournament fundraising party starts at 7 p.m. Friday, and the tournament is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, on Greenwood Avenue between North 85th and 87th streets. More than 30 teams and 200 players are expected to compete in three co-ed divisions: Fun, Competitive, and Pro.
As we mentioned, the monthly Art Up Artwalk is also Friday night, with dozens of art galleries and other businesses hosting artists in all mediums. Check out “Between Two Worlds, Fire Walk With Me,” the Twin Peaks-themed show at Echo Echo Gallery at Urban Light Studios at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N.; Bherd Studios Gallery will be mural painting at 85th and Greenwood; In the Red Wine Bar is hosting photographer Doug Plummer and his panoramic shots of Ireland; and Tasty art gallery at 7513 Greenwood Avenue is once again hosting an open-air arts and crafts market.
During Summer Streets you can also experience a “pop-up” greenway, as Greenwood Phinney Greenways shows what a greenway could look like on 1st Avenue NW. Greenways help slow down traffic and make it safer for bikers and pedestrians. The pop-up greenway will be in place through Aug. 30.
Tags: SDOT, seattle department of transportation, Summer Streets
August 7th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation crews have started resealing about 36 miles of streets throughout Greenwood and Crown Hill. Crews will be working between NW 110th and 85th streets, and 15th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue. The work should be complete by Aug. 30, weather permitting.
Renewing the chip-seal surface preserves the condition of the streets, creating a highly skid-resistant surface that prevents water from penetrating the roadway subsurface, thereby limiting damage such as potholes. Approximately 25 percent of Seattle’s residential streets have chip-sealed surfaces. Preparation began this spring when crews repaired cracks and other roadway damage in the streets scheduled for resurfacing.
Chip sealing is cost effective and fast; crews can resurface up to several miles of roadway in a day’s time. SDOT has been chip sealing streets since 1967, converting dirt and gravel non-arterial streets to chip seal in order to cut down on dust and other pollution and improve air quality. Chip-seal surfaces are typically renewed approximately every ten years. Streets in the Crown Hill/Greenwood neighborhood were last chip sealed in 1996.
Notices of upcoming work in the form of door hangers have been distributed to area residents and businesses. “No Parking” signs will be placed on streets in advance. Residents should park out of the area to be resurfaced to prevent the chance of any chip-seal residue getting on their vehicles, and to help SDOT do the work as quickly as possible. Because the chip-seal process involves the application of a fast-drying emulsion into which chipped rocks are compacted, the new surface can be driven on almost immediately. Motorists are asked to limit their speed to ten miles per hour for the first few days following the resurfacing to allow for the rocks to set. Mechanical street sweepers will remove the loose rock within several days following the chip-seal operation. (Sweeping might be postponed during extremely hot weather.)
Typical work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, with traffic restrictions in effect during this time. Some inconvenience can be expected; however, SDOT will make every effort to minimize disruptions. More information is available about this work on SDOT’s website at www.seattle.gov/transportation/chipseal.htm Also, for more information or to provide comments, the public may contact Susan Almachar of SDOT at 206-396-3556.
Tags: construction, roads, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, traffic
July 18th, 2013 by Doree
Get ready for some major traffic disruption at Holman Road/105th Street in Greenwood as Seattle Department of Transportation begins making major improvements from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way NE. The work begins next Thursday, July 26
Monday, July 22 and lasts through November. (Update: SDOT has rescheduled the start of this project until after the Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday.)
Phase I of the project consists of installing storm drains and reconstructing the roadway on North 105th Street between Holman Road Northwest and Aurora Avenue North. For this work, the contractor working for SDOT will detour eastbound traffic on Holman Road Northwest and North 105th Street at Greenwood Avenue North beginning Monday morning, July 22 and continuing until November.
Two signed detours will be established for eastbound traffic:
• South on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 85th Street
• North on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way
• North on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 130th Street
• South on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way
Large trucks eastbound on Holman Road Northwest will be detoured at Greenwood Avenue North, north to North 145th Street, then east on North 145th Street, or south on Greenwood Avenue North and east on North 85th Street. (See attached map.)
At least one lane of westbound traffic on North 105th Street will remain open at all times. Access to businesses will be maintained. While sidewalks are being constructed, pedestrians will have access on at least one side of North 105th Street.
In addition, transit will be re-routed, and bus stops may be closed or re-located. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online,www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call (206) 553-3000.
At the completion of Phase I, the construction activity will move east to the Phase II section of North Northgate Way between Aurora Avenue North and Corliss Avenue North.
This project will improve the corridor along North 105th Street and North/Northeast Northgate Way from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast. Improvements will include roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and traffic signals, and Intelligent Transportation System components. When it is completed in the summer 2014, it will have significant benefits for the public and motorists, including:
• Improved safety for pedestrians
• Elimination of potholes
• Eased traffic congestion
• Improved water quality
• Improved transit speed and reliability
• Real-time information for travelers
This work is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006 and by a Washington State Transportation Improvement Board grant.
For more information, please visit the project website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_N105.htm.
Tags: construction, Holman Road, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic, transportation
July 15th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation crews will be filling cracks on Phinney Avenue North between North 50th and North 60th streets this week.
“No parking” signs are up along that stretch of road.
Crews won’t need to close the street completely, but will need to close lanes for up to four hours (sidewalks will remain open). Crews will typically work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flaggers will direct traffic.
Tags: construction, paving, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
July 10th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation paving crews will be out in two spots in the neighborhood this week and next.
Crews will pave 3rd Avenue NW between NW 137th and NW 140th streets from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Traffic will share a single lane, alternating northbound and southbound, with the assistance of traffic flaggers.
And starting next week, crews will be filling cracks on Phinney Avenue North, between North 50th and North 60th streets.
This process will reduce the amount of water that seeps under the pavement causing potholes and other roadway damage. This preventative maintenance work will help to prolong the life of the pavement.
No street closures will be required, but there will be lane closures of up to four hours and on-street parking will be restricted. Typical work hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “No-parking” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance. SDOT crews will work to minimize any delays and will provide assistance as needed. Traffic flaggers will be present during maintenance work. Sidewalks will remain open at all times.
Tags: 3rd Avenue NW, paving, Phinney Avenue, road work, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
July 3rd, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation is making changes to Aurora Avenue North before launching the RapidRide E Line next year. You can take a survey about the changes. The public comment period ends Friday, July 12.
As part of the development of King County Metro’s RapidRide E Line project along Aurora Avenue North, we are working with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to implement traffic signal timing improvements and peak period Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes between N 38th Street and N 115th Street. The E Line replaces Route 358 in February 2014. The E Line will operate between Shoreline’s Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle.
RapidRide features high-frequency service, off-board fare payment at RapidRide stations, and systems that integrate the buses with traffic signals and signs.
Recommendations by SDOT:
- Adjust timing of traffic signals for all lanes to keep vehicles moving
- New traffic signals to detect approaching transit and extend a green light or end a red light early
- Implement peak period BAT lanes: morning (6-9 a.m.) and evening (3-7 p.m.)
Tags: Aurora Avenue, King County Metro, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
June 30th, 2013 by Doree
The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday night with Jonathan Dong from Seattle Department of Transportation giving a presentation about coming traffic and parking changes to Aurora Avenue North.
The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building, downstairs in the Blue Room.
As part of a strategy for making travel on Aurora more efficient and reliable for all users, SDOT is recommending traffic signal timing improvements for all lanes and the implementation of peak period Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes between N. 38th Street and N. 115th Street. BAT lanes will support King County Metro’s new RapidRide E Line bus service which will begin February 2014. Aurora Avenue North is among the most heavily used transportation corridors in King County.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, Phinney Ridge Community Council, SDOT, seattle department of transportation
June 13th, 2013 by Doree
Paving crews from Seattle Department of Transportation have been repairing concrete pavement panels on NW 80th Street between 6th Avenue NW and 7th Avenue NW this week. That work will continue next week with nighttime closures Tuesday through Friday.
Next week, NW 80th Street will be restricted to one lane shared by both directions of traffic. Flaggers will be present from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. But at night, westbound traffic will be detoured to NW 85th Street from 3rd Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW.
The following week, from June 25-28, crews will work on the opposite side of NW 80th Street, and and at night will detour eastbound traffic to NW 85th Street between 3rd and 8th avenues.
Tags: construction, paving, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic
May 13th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation crews will spend more than a week replacing damaged or worn concrete panels in the eastbound lane of North 80th Street between Greenwood Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North beginning this Thursday.
That means North 80th Street will be closed completely to eastbound traffic 24 hours a day from Tuesdays through Saturdays. Drivers will be detoured to North 85th Street.
This project is scheduled to be completed on Friday, May 24, weather permitting.
Tags: 80th Street, construction, paving, road work, SDOT, seattle department of transportation