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


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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Survey on Greenwood-Phinney ‘pop-up greenway’

November 6th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood-Phinney Greenways Group installed a temporary “pop-up” greenway in August on 1st Avenue NW, from North 65th to 80th streets. Now, Seattle Department of Transportation wants to know what residents think of the greenway through a survey. The online survey needs to be completed by Nov. 18. (You’ll need to scroll partway down the page to get to the beginning of the survey.)

The temporary installation gave the community an opportunity to learn what a neighborhood greenway might look and feel like along First Avenue NW between N 65th and N 80th streets. Neighborhood greenways are relatively new to Seattle and provide people of all ages and abilities with comfortable and attractive places to walk and ride a bike while connecting you to parks, schools and local shops. They are designed, constructed and funded through the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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One lane on Holman Road to be closed Saturday for tree pruning

November 1st, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry crews will cut back ivy and prune trees on Holman Road from Greenwood to Third avenues on Saturday. The southbound, outside lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Next Saturday, Nov. 9, that same lane will be closed again from about 11th Avenue NW to NW 87th Street as the Urban Forestry crews and neighborhood volunteers continue removal and cutback of ivy.

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