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University Neighborhood Greenway
12th Avenue NE

Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

April 14, 2014

U District Open House

Project Description

Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, neighbors and customers. On streets with low car volumes and speeds a greenway can:

  • Improve safety
  • Help people cross busy streets
  • Discourage cut-thru traffic
  • Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
  • Keep speeds low
  • Get people to where they want to go like parks, schools, shops and restaurants

Neighborhood greenways are not car free zones, do not add bike lanes and there are minimal if any on-street parking impacts.

SDOT hosted two public meetings and a ‘Walk and Talk on Your Block’ to gather input on building a neighborhood greenway in the U District neighborhood. The input we received has had a positive influence on the project. Based on feedback, agency coordination and our evaluation we have concluded that 12th Avenue NE and the improvements shown on the map would serve the neighborhood well. Not shown on the map, but also included in the project are wayfinding signs, reducing the speed from 25MPH to 20MPH and some minor pavement and sidewalk repairs. These enhancements complement the UW Pedestrian Corridor Improvement Project on NE Campus Parkway, the Maple and Terry Halls project and new light rail station under construction. They also support future Green Streets being planned along Brooklyn Avenue N and NE 43rd and 42nd streets. Construction of the greenway is scheduled to happen in summer/fall of 2014.

Project Map

U District

Project Schedule

November 2013: Public Meeting #1

Winter 2013/14: Site visits, evaluation and design

March 2014: Public Meeting #2 and final design

Summer/Fall 2014: Construction

Project Funding

Project design is locally funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy.

Project Outreach

March 2014 Open House Presentation

March 2014 Open House Exhibit Boards

March 2014 Open House Comment Sheet

March 2014 Open House Invite

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

November 2013 Open House Comment Summary

November 2013 Open House Presentation

November 2013 Open House Exhibit Boards

November 2013 Open House Comment Sheet

November 2013 Open House Invite

Project Contacts

Emily Ehlers, Project Manager at or (206) 684-8264

Dawn Schellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison at or (206) 684-5189

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