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

 

First phase of Aurora Avenue road work ends more than a week early, median lanes to reopen today

February 5th, 2016 by Doree

Washington State Department of Transportation crews finished the first phase of signage work more than a week early and will reopen the median lanes in both directions by early afternoon today. The southbound bus-only lane will also reopen, except at Comstock Street.

Phase two of the work to build foundations for the signs that will direct drivers to the future SR 99 tunnel will start at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. This second phase will require a one-block closure of the southbound right lane near Comstock Street while crews construct the final sign foundation near Comstock Street. Buses will merge into the general purpose lane at this location. This should last two to three weeks.

Since buses will merge into the general-purpose lanes for one block during the next phase of work, there may be some backups.

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Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets Monday to discuss growth, congestion, parking

February 1st, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the 74th Street Ale House to discuss growth, congestion and parking. Everyone is welcome.

Committee members will use examples of increased congestion and parking issues in our neighborhood as a jumping off point to discuss city parking policies.

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Greenwood development update

February 1st, 2016 by Doree

We have two Greenwood development updates to tell you about.

Two houses at 8755 and 8759 Phinney Ave. N. will be demolished to make way for a seven-unit, three-story townhouse building. Parking for five vehicles will be provided.

325 N 90th St-8755-8759 Phinney-resized

The building, at the corner of North 90th Street and Phinney Avenue North, will have a new address of 325 N. 90th St. The project is under Streamlined Design Review. You can comment on site planning and design issues through Feb. 10 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; reference project number 3021901. This will be the only opportunity to comment on this project.

Construction crews are currently building two three-story townhouse structures at 526 N. 105th St. The five-unit building will have attached garages; the four-unit building will have surface parking. The site is adjacent to several other multi-family structures.

526 N 105th St-resized

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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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Community survey for Safe Routes to School for three new schools coming to Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street

January 18th, 2016 by Doree

Several community groups are working together to make safer routes for children to get to school at the three new schools opening in the fall of 2017 at Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street.

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 105th/Northgate Way.

The groups already conducted safety audits of the area, and now would like community input on pedestrian safety so they can provide that information to the city’s School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and the City of Seattle.

Take the survey here. The survey is being conducted by Licton-Haller Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. At the end of the survey, you can enter a drawing for raffle prizes for gift certificates from Woodlands Pizza, Fred Meyer and other local businesses.

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Reminder: Extended lane closures on Aurora Avenue beginning Monday

January 17th, 2016 by Doree

Don’t forget that the median lanes will be closed in each direction along a one-mile stretch of Aurora Avenue North between the Aurora Bridge and just north of Mercer Street beginning Monday. The closures will last about a month. Construction crews will build four large sign foundations for the future SR 99 tunnel. During the closure, buses and vehicles will share the southbound bus-only lane.

An additional lane will close at night and during several weekends, including Jan. 23-24.

WSDOT encourages drivers and bus riders to plan ahead as additional congestion is expected on Aurora Avenue North. Consider alternative travel modes such as ride-sharing or carpooling, or traveling in off-peak times. Keep informed by using King County Metro’s rider alerts or trip planning tools as well as WSDOT’s travel tools and SDOT’s travelers information page.

Also remember that cyclists and pedestrians will be routed off the Aurora Avenue Bridge northbound sidewalk beginning Monday as crews attach a containment system to the sidewalk as part of the bridge’s preservation project. Signed detours will be in place. That sidewalk detour will remain in place through September.

Drivers may also notice the containment system which is a large tarp that will stretch up and over the bridge’s safety fence. The system is designed to keep paint and debris falling into the water below while crews repaint portions of the bridge.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup will be available at either end of the bridge to assist ADA users who are unable to use the cyclist and pedestrian detour.

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Extended lane closures on Aurora Avenue North/State Route 99 begin next Monday night

January 12th, 2016 by Doree

A one-mile stretch of Aurora Avenue North will see one lane closure in each direction between the Aurora Bridge and just north of Mercer Street starting next Monday, Jan. 18, and lasting for about a month. The median lanes in each direction will close so that crews can build four large sign foundations for the future SR 99 tunnel. That means buses and vehicles will share the bus-only lane.

During the first phase of this two-phase project, when the median lanes are closed, the southbound bus-only lane will open to all traffic. Drivers should use caution since buses will travel – and stop – in the lane with other vehicle traffic.

Jan. 18 through mid-February

  • Median lanes close in both directions between the Aurora Bridge and just north of Mercer Street
  • An additional lane will close at night and during several weekends including Jan. 23-24

Mid-February through early March

  • Median lanes reopen. Northbound traffic returns to normal pattern
  • The southbound curb lane near Comstock Street will close for approximately three weeks
  • An additional southbound lane may close at night

WSDOT encourages drivers and bus riders to plan ahead as additional congestion is expected on Aurora Avenue North. Consider alternative travel modes such as ride-sharing or carpooling, or traveling in off-peak times. Keep informed by using King County Metro’s rider alerts or trip planning tools as well as WSDOT’s travel tools and SDOT’s travelers information page.

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Aurora Avenue Bridge northbound sidewalk to be closed Jan. 18 through September

January 11th, 2016 by Doree

Cyclists and pedestrians will be routed off the Aurora Avenue Bridge northbound sidewalk beginning Jan. 18 through September as crews attach a containment system to the sidewalk as part of the bridge’s preservation project. Signed detours will be in place.

Drivers may also notice the containment system which is a large tarp that will stretch up and over the bridge’s safety fence. The system is designed to keep paint and debris falling into the water below while crews repaint portions of the bridge.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup will be available at either end of the bridge to assist ADA users who are unable to use the cyclist and pedestrian detour.

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2nd Early Design Guidance meeting for Phinney Flats apartments at 68th & Greenwood is Monday

January 8th, 2016 by Doree

The second early design guidance meeting for the Phinney Flats development proposed for 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The proposal is to replace the current building with a four-story building with 56 small efficiency dwelling units and three live-work units, with bike storage but no parking. Ed’s Kort Haus and Stumbling Goat Bistro are expected to move back into the ground floor.

Click here to see the design proposal.

You can comment on site planning and design issues by emailing PRC@seattle.gov (reference project number 3020114).

Please note that public comment at the EDG meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.

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