2012-2013 Arterial Paving Projects: NE 125th Street / Sand Point Way NE Project – updated 5/2/2013
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will repave NE 125th Street and most of Sand Point Way NE in 2013. The $3M construction cost will be paid primarily with funds from the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy passed by Seattle voters in November 2006, although the project has also been awarded $1M in federal funds.
Nearly five miles of asphalt roadway will be repaved:
The traffic lanes will be re-established in their current configuration, with two minor improvements. There will be a right-turn only lane created on westbound NE 125th Street between 30th Ave NE and 28th Ave NE (just before the library). There will also be an island built in the median of NE 125th Street just west of 20th Avenue NE to allow a north-south crosswalk to be marked at that intersection.
Schedule & Phasing
DOT advertised for construction bids in March 2013, received bids in April and expects the lowest qualified bidder - CA Carey - to begin work in June.
Construction is expected to be substantially complete before the end of 2013.
The contractor will usually work within one area of each zone at a time to minimize the traffic impacts to the community.
Within a particular area, roadway work will begin with the removal of loose or deteriorated asphalt on the roadway. This will allow engineers to identify where road base repair may be needed (in addition to the approximately 2 dozen currently known locations). Crews will then replace the road base where needed, often in 10 to 30 feet long sections.
In the east-west zone crews will be also be busy installing or upgrading curb ramps at numerous street corners while the roadway work is underway (or possibly beforehand). Only one crossing will closed at a time at any given intersection, and any single curb ramp should be finished within one week of the necessary demolition/removal work.
Placement of the final asphalt overlay within an area should be done over a period of a few nights (8PM -6AM) in areas along Sand Point Way, or a few days in the areas on NE 125th. The last steps will be to re-stripe the lanes and work on any final punch-list items to be completed.
Traffic During Construction
NE 125th Street west of 35th Avenue NE and Roosevelt Way NE are wide enough to allow two-way traffic during construction, so traffic in this area will generally be maintained in both directions, even during working hours in this area.
However, NE 125th Street east of 35th Avenue NE and nearly all of Sand Point Way NE is too narrow for two-way traffic to safely pass around some of the planned work zones. In these areas, one way traffic flows will be controlled by flaggers in the daytime, alternating between directions as necessary.
On nights when work is underway, it is possible that traffic will be restricted to one lane of traffic in the north-bound direction and traffic in the south-bound direction will be temporarily detoured as appropriate (depending on the location of the work). This determination will be made well in advance of construction in cooperation with Metro.
The contractor is required to comply with all applicable City, State and Federal regulations regarding prevention of environmental pollution and the preservation of natural resources. The contract also includes requirements to address:
What Information You Can Expect To Receive
What Construction Impacts You Can Expect on NE 125th Street west of 35th Avenue NE (including Roosevelt Way NE)
What Construction Impacts You Can Expect on NE 125th Street east of 35th Avenue NE and on Sand Point Way NE (if this area is included in the work)
Special Events and Accommodations:
August 2-3, 2013 – Lake City Pioneer Days Festival
This annual celebration is part of the Seattle’s Seafair festivities, and features a parade down Lake City Way as well as craft and food booths west of the parade route on NE 125th Street.
August 9-11, 2013 – Obliteride
The following provisions have been made for both these events in their respective areas:
Other Projects in Area:
SDOT will also be building sidewalks on the north side of NE 125th Street between Lake City Way NE and 36th Avenue NE in 2013. For more information about this project, please go here.
SDOT is also planning on roadway improvements along N 105th Street and Northgate Way N/NE between Greenwood Avenue N and Lake City Way NE, described here.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will be making some maintenance improvements to the Meadowbrook Pond in 2013. For more information about this project, please visit here.
SPU is also considering a repair of the NE 93rd Street Culvert, about which more information may be found here.
And if that weren’t enough, SPU will also be building a new combined sewage overflow storage facility on NE 65th that may require traffic restrictions at times on Sand Point Way between NE 61st and 65th Streets this year. For more information about this project, please visit here.
For More Information:
If you have questions, please contact Project Communications Lead Art Brochet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-615-0786.