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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.

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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.

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

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

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A quartet on the sidewalk near 76th.

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

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Summer Streets is Saturday!

August 8th, 2014 by Doree

The huge annual PhinneyWood Summer Streets celebration is Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Greenwood Avenue will be closed to cars from 65th to 87th streets, and opened up to pedestrians and cyclists.

Versatile Arts performers at a previous Summer Streets.

About 3,000 people are expected to stroll through the neighborhood, listening to live music in several places, playing pianos in the street in front of A-1 Pianos, doing chalk art in front of Couth Buzzard Books, watching the annual Street Soccer Tournament in front of Naked City Brewery and at youth soccer “fields” at 72nd Street, enjoying a “Cozy Cove” beach-themed rest station set up specifically for seniors between North 75 and North 77th streets, checking out a temporary pop-up protected bike lane and a parklet, a Bicycle Benefits scavenger hunt, watching donated canned goods being turned into a huge canned food pyramid, a portable planetarium, kid’s activities with Pacific Science Center, aerial performances from Versatile Arts, and Seattle ReCreative will demonstrate the power of Oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid) as participants “walk on water” at North 78th Street.

Summer Streets participants are encouraged to bring canned food donations for the Greenwood Food Bank.

Check out the activity map with a list participating businesses and activities.

Greenwood/Phinney avenues will close to traffic between North 65th and 87th streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. But North 65, North 80th and North 85th streets will remain open to east-west traffic. Greenwood Avenue between North 85th and 87th streets will remain closed until 9 p.m. for the Street Soccer Tournament and a concert by Ayron Jones and The Way.

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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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Holman Road closures and nighttime work next week

July 31st, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close the north side of Holman Road NW between NW 87th Street and 8th Avenue NW beginning at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. for grinding and paving work (weather permitting). Traffic will be shifted to the south side of the road where one lane will remain 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. 6, 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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Carkeek Park entry road closed again today for repaving

May 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews have closed the entry road into Carkeek Park again today to finish repaving work. The road should reopen by 5 p.m.

Bicycle and pedestrian access will be curtailed on the entry road on May 13th but unpaved trails into and through the park will be open as usual.

The repaving of NW Carkeek Park Road is part of a larger repaving project by SDOT in the immediate surrounding neighborhood, including 8th Ave. NW, NW 114th Pl., NW 116th St., 6th Ave. NW and NW 117th St.

The repaving project is expected to be completed over a period of two weeks beginning May 6, 2014 and ending on Friday, May 16th. Typical working hours are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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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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