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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Queen Anne Ave N Pedestrian Improvements

4/16/2009  4:15:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Queen Anne Ave N Pedestrian Improvements to Start April 20

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s contractor plans to begin construction of pedestrian improvements along Queen Anne Avenue North to address pedestrian safety, provide gathering spaces and support a vibrant commercial district.

This project was requested by Picture Perfect Queen Anne to implement their Queen Anne Avenue North Streetscape Master Plan. The funding came through the Neighborhood Street Fund, a community-based program that is administered by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and funded by the "Bridging the Gap" transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

Improvements include:
  • Queen Anne Ave N and W McGraw Street: Build curb bulbs and stamped concrete crosswalks to enhance pedestrian safety and serve as a gateway to the Queen Anne business district.
  • Queen Anne Ave N and W Galer Street: Expand the sidewalk on the eastern side of Queen Anne Ave N to increase pedestrian space. The three-way stop will be reconfigured to reduce confusion over vehicle right-of-way. These improvements will also reduce crossing distances and enhance pedestrian safety.
Construction is scheduled to start on Monday, April 20 at the intersection of Queen Anne Avenue N and W McGraw Street. Weather permitting, from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, April 25 to 27, turns from Queen Anne Avenue N to westbound W McGraw Street will not be allowed. The following weekend, from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, May 2 to 4, turns from Queen Anne Avenue N to eastbound W McGraw Street will not be allowed.

The turning restrictions will allow the contractor to work on a stamped concrete crosswalk at this intersection and will provide time for new concrete to cure.

Assuming favorable weather, construction will last 4-5 weeks.

For construction updates, visit the Queen Anne Pedestrian Improvements project website at:

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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