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Reminder: Pedestrian improvements to 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th St starting today

June 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation began making pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place today (Monday), as part of its Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools program.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety, especially for West Woodland Elementary students
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th
  • Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

3rd Ave & 56th St improvements June 2015

Work will take about eight weeks, depending on the weather. Construction will result in short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW; temporary road closures on NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place (residential access will be maintained); temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas; and tree trimming at intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street. Work will typically be done between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, with some weekend work possible.

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Pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW at NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place could begin next week

June 8th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will begin making pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place as early as next Monday, June 15. It’s part of SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools programs, and should make it safer for West Woodland Elementary students to get to school.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th
  • Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

3rd Ave & 56th St improvements June 2015

Work will take about eight weeks, depending on the weather. Construction will result in short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW; temporary road closures on NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place (residential access will be maintained); temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas; and tree trimming at intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street. Work will typically be done between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, with some weekend work possible.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday for board elections, transportation presentation

April 30th, 2015 by Doree

A Seattle Department of Transportation representative will give a presentation on proposed projects in our neighborhood at the Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The transportation discussion will be followed by final nominations and election for PRCC’s board of directors. Nominations will be taken until 8 p.m. that night. You can email nominations to dduthweiler@comcast.net, or nominate in person at the meeting.

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday

April 20th, 2015 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The meeting is open to the public.

Special guest will be Scott Kubly, director of Seattle Department of Transportation. On the agenda is the draft transportation levy, Safe Routes to School, and Broadview Sewer and Drainage Improvement Project.

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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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