15th Ave S Complete Streets Improvements
SDOT worked with the Beacon Hill neighborhood to develop a plan to improve the walking and biking environment on 15th Ave S. As part of this process we learned that the community was also interested in traffic calming and all-day on-street parking.
Prior to making these changes, the street had two 16-foot wide travel lanes with peak-hour parking restrictions in the morning and afternoon. When vehicles were parked on both sides of the street the travel lanes become 9-feet wide, making transit operations difficult. Peak hour parking restrictions made pedestrian and bicycle improvements - such as bike lanes and curb bulbs - impossible to implement.
WHAT WE HEARD
“I would like more visibility to drivers at marked crosswalks. Also I would like more pedestrian friendly streets.”
“Traffic calming is the most important goal. Design the roadway to force vehicular traffic to slow down.”
“Traffic is traveling too fast.”
SUMMARY OF CHANGES
To address concerns we heard from the community, SDOT developed a plan to improve safety, pavement conditions, pedestrian and bicycle access and transit operations on 15th Ave S between S College St and S Columbian Way:
These changes were implemented in September, 2010. This project is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in 2006.