November 25th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is asking for customer feedback on the Greenwood/Crown Hill Chip Seal Project completed this summer. SDOT chip sealed most roads from North/NW 110th Street to North/NW 85th Street, and from 15th Avenue NW to Greenwood Avenue North.
SDOT says the survey will help it improve outreach for future projects and help develop maintenance strategies for future projects.
Tags: chip seal, roads, SDOT. Seattle Department of Transportation, streets
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.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, buses, construction, Metro, RapidRide, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, transit
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.
Tags: SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets
October 17th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation crews are sweeping certain streets that were recently chip sealed in Crown Hill and Greenwood.
If No Parking signs have been posted where you normally park, please remove your vehicles to allow for the sweeping. Because this operation cannot be efficiently or safely carried out around parked cars, vehicles found in violation of the parking restrictions must be towed.
Although all of the recently chip sealed streets have been swept, certain streets need additional sweeping due to remaining loose rock on the sides of the street. Temporary “No Parking” signs are being installed to prevent cars from parking in the areas where sweeping is planned. This will allow the mechanical sweepers to sweep the edges of the roadway.
On Friday, October 18, sweeping will be conducted on:
· NW 100th St, between Greenwood Ave N and 3rd Ave NW
· 1st Ave NW, between NW 85th St and NW 100th St
As other locations are identified, parking restrictions will be posted at least 72 hours in advance of the sweeping operation.
If you have any questions or would like additional sweeping on a chip sealed street, please call Susan Almachar, Chip Seal Project Manager, at 206-684-5303, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: roads, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets
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
September 20th, 2013 by Doree
The City of Seattle has approved two neighborhood projects that were requested by citizens to make walking safer.
Bridging the Gap funds of $1,070,000 will be used to build sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and North 97th streets, and from North 104 to North 105th streets.
School zone camera revenue of $505,000 will be used to build a sidewalk on the west side of 3rd Avenue NW between NW 105th and NW 107th streets, by Viewlands Elementary School.
The projects should be designed in 2014 and constructed in 2015. You can the full list of 16 city-wide projects here.
Tags: pedestrians, sidewalks, streets, Viewlands Elementary
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 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 17th, 2013 by Doree
Neighbors of the remodeled Greenwood Fred Meyer complained after an extra-wide truck turn lane was painted on 3rd Avenue NW before the store’s grand reopening in February. The wide lane meant street parking in that stretch was prohibited, and cars heading northbound drove dangerously close to the curb and driveways of neighboring houses.
But, a neighbor tells us that after repeated complaints to Seattle Department of Transportation, the turn lane has been repainted and is much smaller, allowing more room for drivers going straight.
Tags: construction, Fred Meyer, parking, streets, traffic
March 22nd, 2013 by Doree
The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.
On the agenda:
- Sidewalks 101, Doug Cox, SDOT – Pedestrian/Bike Safety Program: “Everything you ever need to know about pending City sidewalk projects, and how to get sidewalks constructed in your community.”
- 2013 Neighborhood Park Street Fund:
Annually, the City of Seattle provides $1.25M citywide to fund small scale improvements to Seattle streets and parks. Each of Seattle’s 13 districts is provided approx. $90K from this program to fund projects in their district. Proposals come from community groups and individuals. The 2013 funding cycle attracted nine proposals in the NW district. We must now select only three of these nine which will be further evaluated by Seattle DOT or Seattle Parks for cost and feasibility. The analysis of those three projects will then come back to NWDC in June of this year; at which time we will assign a priority order for our top three projects.
The nine proposals were submitted by four individuals who will each have approximately five minutes to present their projects. Following presentations, balloting of NWDC member organizations reps will select the three proposals to be advanced for further consideration.
- Curb extension — NE corner of Latona Ave NE & NE 54th Street
- Curb extension — SE corner of Latona Ave NE & NE 55th Street.
- Curb ramps — West side of Latona Ave NE @ NE 51, 52, & 53 Streets.
- Curb ramps — North side of N 53 & N 54 between Meridian Ave N and 1 Ave NE
- Curb ramps — 4 corners of 1st Ave NE & NE 55th Street.
- Curb ramps — 2 corners of 1st Ave NE & NE 54th Street
- Curb ramps — West side of Fremont Ave N at N 79 to N 84
- Crosswalk & utility pole — South side of NE 115th Street crossing 5th Ave NE
- Play equipment — Hubbard Homestead Park (11203 5th Ave NE)
For more information or to share your ideas about District Council projects and issues, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson at Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov or 206-684-4051; or NWDC Chair Rick Klingele at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com.
Tags: NW District Council, parks, sidewalks, streets
March 15th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation is encouraging neighborhoods to apply for funding to paint a street mural. SDOT says the intersection paintings can slow down traffic when there are no stop or yield signs, and helps bring neighbors together to plan and create the mural.
SDOT’s Street Use department needs to approve the design and permitting.
(A) neighborhood must first pick a location. This can be a mid-block location on a non-arterial street or non-arterial intersection. SDOT must review the location and make sure a street mural or painted intersection is feasible, making sure there are no existing traffic control devices nearby, such as stop signs, crosswalk, or traffic circles. Once approved, residents can work on a design for the intersection, creating a “to-scale” drawing. When complete, residents can submit the to-scale drawing for approval. Getting the design approved can take up to two weeks. If the design is rejected by SDOT, it must be reworked, which could add another two weeks for review once submitted a second time.
Sixty percent of residents in the petition area need to agree to the painting. For more information, click here.
One Phinney Ridge neighbor says he’d like to see an intersection painting at North 76th Street and 6th Avenue NW, next to the 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park (also known as “Our Park.”)
Matt Landry, who researches urban planning and revitalization at the University of Washington, shared with us a position paper he wrote on the subject. You can read his full article here.
Here is an excerpt:
When I arrived in Seattle three years ago, I encountered traffic circles at four way neighborhood intersections for the first time. Coming from Maine, I was used to seeing only stop signs at these intersections. Over time, I have grown used to these circles and have really come to appreciate them. However, I was perplexed by intersections that have neither stop signs nor traffic circles. I am concerned about these “ghost” intersections because I have witnessed firsthand an accident at one in West Seattle, which involved a two car collision. Cars often drive through these intersections without even slowing down and seem to lack awareness of other cars or pedestrians that may be approaching.
There is one intersection in particular that I always approach cautiously, both by car and by foot. This intersection happens to be located right outside of my front door at NW 76th and 6th Avenue NW in Greenwood. I originally felt that the best way to alleviate this safety concern was with another traffic circle. However, after reading Alyse Nelson’s article on intersection repair, I was convinced that a painted image at an intersection can help slow traffic, provide a safer environment for drivers and pedestrians, and can enhance a sense of community.
Intersection repair is a term given to the movement which focuses on painted designs at neighborhood intersections and other community place-making activities that originated in Portland, Oregon and since appearing in other parts of the country including New York, Los Angeles, St. Paul, and Seattle. These painted designs make the intersection a public space which gives residents an enhanced sense of place. Consequently, cars approach the painted design cautiously, and the imagery serves as a traffic calming device.
The Greenwood intersection at NW 76th Street and 6th Avenue NW is an ideal location to create an intersection repair especially due to its unique characteristics. First, it is one of the few four-way intersections in the neighborhood without a traffic circle on a non-arterial road. Second, 6th Avenue NW is a wide street creating a larger intersection which provides more risk to drivers and pedestrians alike. Third, a wide intersection like this can better accommodate a larger, painted image such as the lady bug in the Wallingford Neighborhood. Fourth, there is an existing community space at the intersection in the form of the 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park. This park was developed with a large amount of community involvement and is the focal point of community activities such as children’s activities, theatrical productions, and live music. An intersection repair would be the next logical extension of the park and in the process enhance a sense of safety surrounding that park.
Tags: intersections, murals, SDOT, streets, traffic, traffic calming
February 27th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation is postponing the repaving project on NW 100th Street from 8th to 14th Avenue NW. The work had been planned for Tuesday through Friday.
SDOT says the crew supervisor is looking at rescheduling the work to a time with a lower volume of traffic, possibly when schools are out for spring break.
Tags: construction, paving, repaving, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, traffic