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


Design Review Board recommendation meeting for 6800 Greenwood

June 9th, 2014 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will view updated design information and give its recommendation on the proposed development at 6800 Greenwood Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW.

Developers have applied to build a four-story building with 32 residential units, 4,000 square feet of commercial space and underground parking for 28 vehicles. The site is currently an empty lot.


Written comments about the design of the project will be accepted through June 23. You can email them to PRC@seattle.gov or write to: City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

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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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Traffic delays, bus reroutes expected downtown on Thursday for May Day events

April 30th, 2014 by Doree

If you’re heading downtown on Thursday, be aware that buses may be rerouted and traffic will likely be delayed due to May Day events. Some city streets are scheduled to be closed as hundreds of people are expected to march from Judkins Park to Westlake Park. Seattle Police will escort the marchers. Fourth Avenue will be closed between 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Pine Street will be closed between 3-7 p.m.

Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute details.

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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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Holman Road paving project begins Monday

April 11th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will repave 1.3 miles of Holman Road NW from Greenwood Avenue North to Northwest 87th Street, beginning Monday.

Road crews also will construct a pedestrian median at the intersection of Holman and 13th Avenue NW, a new median at 7th Avenue NW, enlarge a current median at Holman and 15th Avenue NW, and repair sidewalk spots and build curb ramps. Transit riders will get new bus shelters with better lighting.

To reduce impacts to the surrounding community, this project has been divided into two phases. The first phase of work will be done in Zone 1 on Holman Road Northwest between 7th Avenue Northwest and Greenwood Avenue North and is expected to be complete in June. Once Zone 1 is complete, crews will begin work on Zone 2, on Holman Road Northwest between Northwest 87th Street and 7th Avenue Northwest, which is expected to be complete by September.

Drivers can expect some lane closures and parking restrictions within the construction zone. Regular construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of bridge expansion joint replacement work of Holman Road Bridge in Zone 2, which will require a full closure of Holman Road Northwest at 8th Avenue Northwest in both directions while work is conducted during weekend nights.

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Reminder: North 80th closed between Fremont and Dayton avenues for paving work March 3-14, North 105th paving moves east

March 2nd, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a reminder that Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close North 80th Street from Fremont to Dayton avenues beginning Monday, March 3, to replace about 40 concrete roadway panels. The work is expected to be completed on Friday, March 14.

That stretch of 80th will be closed to all traffic during the day, leaving one westbound lane open at night from 6 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. each morning. Sidewalks will remain open. Traffic will be detoured to North 85th Street between Greenwood and Aurora avenues.

And a heads up that the paving project on North 105th Street to Northgate is shifting east to between Aurora Avenue North and Meridian Avenue North on Monday, weather permitting (that shift was delayed because of weather).

During the week when the move occurs, all of the lanes on 105th from Greenwood Avenue North to Aurora Avenue North will be reopened to traffic. The contractor will then move to the segment of 105th and of North Northgate Way between Aurora Avenue North and Meridian Avenue North, and the eastbound travel lanes between Aurora and Meridian will be closed. Westbound traffic in this segment will be reduced to a single lane. This closure and lane reduction is expected to remain in place through July.

Detours after the shift:

  • General purpose traffic will be detoured either north on Aurora to North 115th Street or south on Aurora to North 85th Street.
  • Truck traffic will be detoured either north on Aurora to North 145th Street or south on Aurora to North 85th Street.
  • General purpose traffic heading to North Seattle Community College, Northgate Shopping Center, or other destinations in the area may also detour south on Aurora to North 90th Street, then east to Wallingford Avenue North, then turn north on Wallingford to North 92nd Street, east on 92nd, and north again along College Way North/Meridian Avenue North.

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Road crews replacing concrete panels on 80th Street next week, traffic to be rerouted

February 25th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will replace about 40 concrete roadway panels on North 80th Street from Fremont to Dayton avenues beginning next Monday, March 3. The work is expected to be completed on Friday, March 14.

That stretch of 80th will be closed to all traffic during the day, leaving one westbound lane open at night from 6 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. each morning. Sidewalks will remain open. Traffic will be detoured to North 85th Street between Greenwood and Aurora avenues.

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Additional lanes closed at 105th, Holman and Greenwood Avenue through Thursday because of paving project

January 21st, 2014 by Doree

Road construction at North 105th Street, Holman Road and Greenwood Avenue North is about to get even more challenging for drivers as Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close additional lanes starting today through Thursday.

Westbound traffic on North 105th Street will be reduced to a single lane. Northbound traffic on Greenwood Avenue North will be reduced to one lane just north of the intersection with North 105th.

Eastbound traffic on North 105th between Greenwood Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North remains closed, but is currently projected to reopen by mid-February.

Police Officers will assist at the site during the afternoon peak traffic period. Drivers are advised to allow extra time or select an alternate route.

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Crews are chip sealing streets in Greenwood/Crown Hill starting today

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.

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Detours on eastbound Holman Road/105th Street for next 4 months

July 18th, 2013 by Doree

Get ready for some major traffic disruption at Holman Road/105th Street in Greenwood as Seattle Department of Transportation begins making major improvements from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way NE. The work begins next Thursday, July 26 Monday, July 22 and lasts through November. (Update: SDOT has rescheduled the start of this project until after the Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday.)

Phase I of the project consists of installing storm drains and reconstructing the roadway on North 105th Street between Holman Road Northwest and Aurora Avenue North. For this work, the contractor working for SDOT will detour eastbound traffic on Holman Road Northwest and North 105th Street at Greenwood Avenue North beginning Monday morning, July 22 and continuing until November.
Two signed detours will be established for eastbound traffic:

Option 1
• South on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 85th Street
• North on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way

Option 2
• North on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 130th Street
• South on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way

Large trucks eastbound on Holman Road Northwest will be detoured at Greenwood Avenue North, north to North 145th Street, then east on North 145th Street, or south on Greenwood Avenue North and east on North 85th Street. (See attached map.)

At least one lane of westbound traffic on North 105th Street will remain open at all times. Access to businesses will be maintained. While sidewalks are being constructed, pedestrians will have access on at least one side of North 105th Street.
In addition, transit will be re-routed, and bus stops may be closed or re-located. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online,www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call (206) 553-3000.

At the completion of Phase I, the construction activity will move east to the Phase II section of North Northgate Way between Aurora Avenue North and Corliss Avenue North.

This project will improve the corridor along North 105th Street and North/Northeast Northgate Way from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast. Improvements will include roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and traffic signals, and Intelligent Transportation System components. When it is completed in the summer 2014, it will have significant benefits for the public and motorists, including:

• Improved safety for pedestrians
• Elimination of potholes
• Eased traffic congestion
• Improved water quality
• Improved transit speed and reliability
• Real-time information for travelers

This work is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006 and by a Washington State Transportation Improvement Board grant.

For more information, please visit the project website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_N105.htm.

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Controversial extra-wide turn lane into Fred Meyer on 3rd Avenue slimmed down

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.


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Join Greenwood Community Council members to document walking along unsafe areas of Greenwood Avenue

June 17th, 2013 by Doree

Members of the Greenwood Community Council are asking neighbors to join them on a walk along Greenwood Avenue North, to explore the areas north of North 90th Street, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The state of Greenwood Ave north of 90th is of great concern for many Greenwood residents. The lack of sidewalks, sufficient lighting and a busy arterial create an unsafe atmosphere for pedestrians. To shed light on this issue, the Greenwood Community Council (GCC) invites individuals to join us on a Greenwood Ave walk and adventure beyond where the sidewalk ends.

Purpose: To document the experience of walking Greenwood Ave north of 90th in the evening. Documentation of this experience will be used to generate awareness of the conditions pedestrians face on north Greenwood Ave.

Meet at Naked City Taphouse & Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. at 8:30 p.m. Walkers will leave Naked City at 9 p.m., walk north to North 105th St., then return.

If you can’t make it to the walk, but want to send feedback about your own experiences walking along that stretch of road, email your comments to info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

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