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2012-2013 Arterial Paving Projects: NE 125th Street / Sand Point Way NE Project

Revised April 9, 2014

NE 125TH STREET / SAND POINT WAY NE PAVING PROJECT SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE

The paving project along NE 125th Street and Sand Point Way NE was completed in October 2014, on-time and on-budget. This work included paving five miles of roadway with new asphalt, road base repairs, roughly 85 new or updated curb ramps, and two new bus shelters. This work was part of the City’s Arterial Asphalt and Concrete Program, and was funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy and $1M in federal funds.

Thanks to all for your patience and support during this project!

 

Project Description

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.

Project Benefits

  • Repairs to the surface below the asphalt pavement (the road base) to better withstand traffic loads
  • New asphalt pavement which provides a safer, smoother ride
  • About 85 new or upgraded curb ramps to meet current accessibility standards
  • Two new bus shelters
  • Addition of three bio-retention structures to the storm-water system

Project Scope & Area

Nearly five miles of asphalt roadway will be repaved:

  • Roosevelt Way NE from 5th Ave NE (at NE 130th Street) to 10th Ave NE (at NE 125th Street)
  • NE 125th Street from Roosevelt Way NE to Sand Point Way NE (at 40th Ave NE)
  • Sand Point Way NE from NE 125th Street to NE 77th Street (just south of the northern entrance to Magnuson Park)

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 and a north-south crosswalk marked at that intersection.

Unfortunately available funding does not enable the project to address existing problems such as the lack of drainage, sidewalks or paved shoulders along Sand Point Way NE.

Project Schedule & Construction Phasing

SDOT advertised for construction bids in March 2013, received bids in April and authorized the lowest qualified bidder - CA Carey - to begin work June 10, 2013.  Construction began at the northeast corner of the project and will generally proceed both south (along Sand Point Way NE) and west (along NE 125th Street).  Construction is expected to be substantially complete before the end of October 2013. 

The project will be segmented into 5 different areas: Zones 1 and 2 on NE 125th Street and Zones 3, 4 and 5 on Sand Point Way NE.  The contractor will work zone limits to finish construction as quickly as possible, while limiting the impacts on the community.

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.  

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 work areas.  As a result, south-bound traffic will often be detoured around construction.

Vehicles will need to use 35th Ave NE to head south, and use NE 110th, 95th and/or 70th Streets NE for east/west travel as signed, depending on which Zone is currently under construction. 

A project area map, with an accompanying timeline for construction, shown below:


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On Sand Point Way NE:

  • When construction is active in Zone 3, approximately June 17th – July 3rd, traffic will head south on 35th Ave NE, then east on NE 110th Street to Sand Point Way NE (except for trucks which will be directed further south on 35th Ave NE to NE 95th Street, then east to Sand Point Way NE).
  • When construction is active in Zone 5, approximately July 8th – August 5th, traffic can proceed south on Sand Point Way NE before turning west on NE 95th Street, then south on 35th Avenue NE, then east on NE 70th Street back to Sand Point Way NE.
  • When construction is active in Zone 4, approximately August 6th – mid September, traffic can proceed south on Sand Point Way NE before turning west on NE 110th Street, then south on 35th Avenue NE, then east on NE 95th Street back to Sand Point Way NE.

    North-bound traffic on Sand Point Way NE will not be detoured.   When the southbound detours on Sand Point Way NE change, or when major shifts in traffic on NE 125th Street or Roosevelt Way are planned, advance notice will be provided by variable messaging signs.

    Metro Transit route 75 and south-bound bus stops will be affected by any required detours. Please refer to http://metro.kingcounty.gov/ridertools/ to obtain service change alerts.

On NE 125th Street & Roosevelt Way NE:

There are a large number of curb ramps to be installed.  The contractor plans to install (or replace) curb ramps and road base repairs on one side of the street at a time.  While this work is underway, alternative ramps will be provided for pedestrian use.

Work on NE 125th Street will generally proceed east to west within a zone – first on the north side, then on the south.  After completing base repair and curbs on the south side, deteriorated asphalt will be removed and new pavement will be placed.

This placement of the final asphalt overlay within a Zone should be done over a period of a few nights (8PM - 6AM). The last steps will be to re-stripe the lanes and work on any final punch-list items to be completed.

Environmental Factors

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:

  • Controlling noise, particularly during night time activities
  • Preventing construction activities from affecting groundwater
  • Avoiding disturbance of great blue herons during their nesting season

What Information Residents Receive

  • If you live or work within 2 blocks of the project area, or have no option but to pass through the project area, you were sent these postcards with information about the scope of the project and the planned construction dates.
  • If you live or work directly adjacent to the project area - Roosevelt Way NE, NE 125th Street or Sand Point Way NE - you received this flyer in advance of construction, plus others specific to your area.
  • If either road base repair or new curb ramp work is required in front of your home or business, you were, or will be, contacted by the contractor’s representative – Alex DeLeon – regarding the work schedule at that location.
  • If you travel along the project area, you will be provided advance notice of construction by large electronic message boards placed along the route. 
  • If you attend meetings of local civic organizations (North District Council, Lake City Chamber of Commerce, Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, etc.) you will receive regular briefings both before and during construction.  A specific list of dates, times and locations will be found here.
  • If you request to be added to a project-specific email list (click here), you will be sent periodic notices about on-going and up-coming construction activities.
  • If you make a special request for a representative to come to your organization, business, or group for a briefing on the project, every attempt will be made to accommodate you.

What Construction Impacts You Can Expect on NE 125th Street west of 35th Avenue NE (including Roosevelt Way NE)

  • Construction activity Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work
  • Principally, though not exclusively, daytime work activities
  • Increased travel times through the construction zone
  • Overnight closures of the NE 130th Street exit from I-5 on a few occasions
  • Possible temporary bus stop relocations or closures
  • Parking restrictions near work zones
  • Short-term driveway closures and sidewalk detours
  • Moderate levels of noise, dust and/or mud, particularly in areas of road base repair

What Construction Impacts You Can Expect on NE 125th Street east of 35th Avenue NE and on Sand Point Way NE

  • Construction activity Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work
  • Work activity both in the daytime and at night
  • Periods of a south-bound detour around the active work Zone
  • Occasional periods of traffic flow alternating between NB and SB (controlled by flaggers)
  • Temporary bus stop relocations or closures
  • Parking restrictions near work zones
  • Short-term driveway closures and sidewalk detours
  • Moderate levels of noise, dust and/or mud, particularly in areas of road base repair

What Construction Impacts You Can Expect on the active detour route – particularly on 35th Avenue NE and the intersections at NE 110th, 95th and 70th Streets

  • Significantly increased volumes, particularly during peak hours
  • Delays at traffic signals, particularly for vehicles turning left
  • Additional bus traffic along active south-bound detour route

Project Briefings in the Neighborhood:

2/19/13 7:00 PM

Tuesday

Victory Heights Community Council

1737 NE 106th St.

Pre-school in Victory Heights Park

2/20/13 6:30 PM

Wednesday

Lake City Community Council

3120 NE 125th St.

Mennonite Church

3/6/13 7:00 PM

Wednesday

North District Council

12501 – 28th Ave NE

Lake City Library

3/20/13
6:30 PM

Wednesday

Cedar Park Neighborhood Council

3841 NE 123rd St.

Lake City Presbyterian Church

4/10/13 5:30PM

Wednesday

Magnuson Park Advisory Committee

7700 Sand Point Way NE

Mountaineers Building

4/25/13 7:15PM

Thursday

Thornton Creek Alliance

10517 – 35th Ave NE

Meadowbrook Community Center

5/2/2013 7:00PM

Thursday

Northeast District Council

8008 - 35th Avenue NE

Wedgwood Presbyterian Church

5/7/2013 7:00PM

 Tuesday

Lake City Neighborhood Alliance

12509 - 27th Ave NE

Lamb of God Lutheran Church

5/14/2013 7:00PM

Tuesday

Meadowbrook Community Council

10517 – 35th Ave NE

Meadowbrook Community Center

5/18/2013 7:00PM

Saturday

33rd Avenue NE BTG Completion Celebration

12536 1/2 – 33rd Ave NE

“The Plaza”

6/4/2013 7:00PM

Tuesday

Lake City Neighborhood Alliance

12509 - 27th Ave NE

Lamb of God Lutheran Church

6/20/2013 2:30PM

Thursday

Lake City Farmer’s Market 2013 Opening

12501 - 28th Ave NE

Lake City Farmer’s Market

6/25/2013
6:30PM 
Tuesday North Seattle Chamber of Commerce 12531 - 28th Ave NE Lake City Community Center
10/10/2013
2:30PM
Thursday Lake City Farmer’s Market 2013 Closing &
Project Completion Celebration!
12501 – 28th Ave NE Lake City Farmer’s Market

Special Events and Accommodations:

August 3rd, 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 

This fundraiser intends to route bicyclists north on Sand Point Way NE, west on NE 125th Street, then north on 30th Avenue NE and beyond – in some cases far, far beyond, as this ride has 25, 50, 100, and 180 mile variants.
The following provisions have been made for both these events in their respective areas:

  • either existing pavement or new asphalt on the route (no milled surface, steel plates, etc.)
  • no lane closures
  • no parking of equipment, material storage or active work
  • sidewalks and curb ramps to remain open
  • road surface to be cleaned beforehand

Other Projects in Area:

SDOT will also be building sidewalks on the north side of NE 125th Street between 35th Avenue NE and 39th 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 restricts traffic 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 about the project, please contact Project Communications Lead Art Brochet at art.brochet@seattle.gov or 206-615-0786.

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