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

 

SDOT now in Phase 2 of Greenwood transit and sidewalk project

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.

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Greenwood Avenue northbound parking lane closed from 79th-80th Wednesday through Friday for repair

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.

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss pedestrian issues Tuesday

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.

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Reminder: Safe Routes to School audits of Wilson-Pacific site are Wednesday and Saturday

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.

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Neighborhood groups conducting audits of safe routes to new schools at North 90th Street

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.

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Partial closure of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street intersection for drainage improvements this week

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.

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Be ready for significant traffic delays and detours Tuesday through Thursday

September 21st, 2015 by Doree

China’s President Xi Jinping is arriving in Seattle on Tuesday, which means traffic will suddenly be stopped or detoured to allow safe passage for his police-escorted motorcade through Thursday. (He is receiving Secret Service protection similar to the U.S. President.)

Seattle Department of Transportation has said Xi’s schedule will not be known ahead of time for security reasons, making it very difficult for drivers and bus riders to prepare. SDOT is advising people to work from home if possible, and allow extra time for travel.

Wednesday is expected to be the worst day for traffic due to Jinping’s schedule, as well as the Sounders’ match at CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m.

From Metro:

Buses on 22 routes that travel on Stewart and Virginia streets will be rerouted all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and early Thursday. Routes 25, 64, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 83, 106, 150, 177, 178, 190, 192, 252, 257, 268, 304, 308, 311, 355 and Sound Transit 545 are affected only when they are scheduled to operate via Stewart or Virginia streets.

Additionally, intermittent brief street closures and traffic slowdowns will affect travel time on area arterials and freeways. Transit service may not be able to operate on schedule during these closures, and real time departures may not report accurately in some transit apps.

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Ballard Summer Parkways is tomorrow, extends into Greenwood-Phinney

September 18th, 2015 by Doree

This is the first year for Seattle Department of Transportation’s Summer Parkways events, which closes down several miles of streets to vehicles and opens them up for walkers, bikers and skaters to enjoy live music, family activities, puppet shows, skateboard demos, arts and crafts, and more.

Ballard Summer Parkways is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and covers seven miles, extending into the western edge of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood to hit 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park.

Ballard Map-resized

Here’s a list of organized activities at neighborhood parks:

Ballard Corners Park:

  • Live music by local buskers
  • Croquet from the Friends and neighbors of Ballard Corners and Groundswell NW

6th Ave. NW Pocket Park:

  • Puppet shows and clowning with Duo Finelli

Ballard Commons Park:

  • Orca Lift and Orca To-Go with King County Metro
  • Sustainable Ballard Festival
  • Skateboard demos and lessons from Skate Like A Girl
  • Bike and pet parade starting at 2 p.m.

Salmon Bay Park:

  • Live music all day
  • Tasty Vibes food truck
  • Mayoral press event and ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.
  • Mobility bike fleet from Outdoors For All
  • Bike activities with Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Zorba Ball from Seattle Parks and Recreation

Loyal Heights Playfields:

  • Buskers
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Dodge Ball tournament in the Community Center beginning at 12 p.m.
  • Arts and crafts
  • Balleywood Creamery Ice Cream

Sunset Hill:

  • Harp music
  • Tai Chi
  • Zen Zone

14th Ave Future Park:

  • East Ballard Community Association
  • “How to Grow a Park”
  • Cold lemonade or hot coffee

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Road closures at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street for pedestrian improvements begin today

July 6th, 2015 by Doree

Beginning today, Seattle Department of Transportation will close the east and west sides of the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place to traffic, as crews continue making pedestrian safety improvements as part of the West Woodland Pedestrian Safety Improvements Project.

This closure will be in place 24 hours a day until the projected is completed by mid-August, but local access will be maintained. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured.

Check the project website for more information, or sign up for project email updates.

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