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19th Avenue & E Union Street Improvements

Last updated: November 9, 2015

Construction Updates

Construction to begin in mid- to late-November

Construction of pedestrian safety improvements on 19th Ave and E Union St, and the E Pike St Stairs, is scheduled to begin in late November or early December. The work is expected to take approximately 6 weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions. Please see the construction notice for more information about impacts during construction.

What to expect during construction

  • Temporary closure of 19th Ave on north side of E Union St intersection for the duration of construction; local access will be maintained at all times
  • Temporary closure of E Pike St Stairs
  • Parking and lane restrictions on E Union St at 19th Ave
  • Bike lanes on E Union St closed at 19th Ave; people riding bikes will be directed to merge with vehicle traffic
  • Pedestrian detours around the work areas
  • Noise, dust and vibration
  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 AM to 5 PM

Outreach during construction

We are committed to keeping the community informed. The team will post "no-parking" signs and notify property owners and residents of construction impacts.
Click here to sign up for project email updates.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the project team at or 206-733-9361.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will construct pedestrian safety improvements along 19th Ave in the Central District neighborhood. This project will include curb extensions on 19th Ave at the E Pike St Stairs and at the intersection of 19th Ave and E Union St. In addition, SDOT will install a flashing alert system called a crossing beacon at the intersection of 19th Ave and E Union St. A pedestrian will be able to activate the beacon before crossing E Union St on the east side of 19th Ave, alerting people driving through that intersection that pedestrians are crossing.

19th Ave Map 

Click here to view final design plans.

Click here to view project fact sheet.

Project Benefits

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The goal of these improvements is to provide safer crossings for pedestrians and improve mobility for all roadway users:

  • Curb extensions will help reduce the distance to cross the street and increase visibility between people driving and people walking.
  • A crossing beacon on the east side of the intersection of E Union and 19th Ave will provide a user-activated crossing option. A crossing beacon is a pedestrian-activated crossing signal that uses irregular flashes to alert drivers that a person is entering the crosswalk. These are cost-effective tools to increase driver awareness and stopping for pedestrians at marked crosswalks. 
  • New curb ramps will comply with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Click here to learn more about SDOT's use of crossing beacons.


The work is one of the 12 projects selected by the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee to be completed as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program, which is funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by Seattle voters in November 2006 and scheduled to expire at the end of this year.


The project reached final design in 2014. Construction is anticipated to begin in late November or early December and will last for approximately 6 weeks. The project team will continue to keep the community informed as construction details become available.

More Information

If you have questions about this project or would like to be added to the mailing list, contact the project team at or 206-733-9361.

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