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19th Avenue & E Union Street Improvements

Last updated: June 18, 2015

Construction Updates

Construction to start late fall 2015

Construction of the pedestrian improvements on 19th Avenue and E Union Street will begin soon. The work will take approximately 5 weeks to complete, weather dependent. We will update the site with more details and a schedule once they are finalized.

What to expect during construction

  • Short-term parking and lane restrictions on 19th Avenue and E Union Street
  • Temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas
  • Noise, dust and vibration
  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 AM to 4 PM

Click here to sign up for project email updates.


If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the construction outreach lead, Rachel McCaffrey at or 206-733-9361.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is planning to construct pedestrian improvements along 19th Avenue in the Central District neighborhood. This project will construct curb bulbs on both sides of 19th Avenue at the E Pike Street Stairs and at all four corners of the intersection of 19th Avenue and E Union Street. SDOT will also install a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) at the intersection of 19th Avenue and E Union Street.

19th Ave Map 

Project Benefits

Crosswalk Sign
Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB)
The goal of these improvements is to provide safer crossings for pedestrians and improve mobility for all roadway users. Curb bulbs help reduce crossing lengths and increase visibility between drivers and pedestrians. The work will include:

  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians
  • An RRFB on the west side of the intersection of E Union and 19th Avenue to provide a user-activated crossing option
  • New curb ramps that are compliant with current American Disability Act (ADA) standards

An RRFB 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. 

Click here to learn more about SDOT’s use of RRFBs.


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 voters in November 2006 and scheduled to expire in 2015.


The project reached final design in 2014. Construction is anticipated to begin in late fall 2015 and will last for approximately 6 weeks. The project team will continue to keep the community informed as construction details become available.

Click here to view final design plans.

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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