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19th Avenue & E Union Street Improvements

July 22, 2014

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.

Funding

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 end in 2015.

Schedule

The project recently reached 90 percent design and the project team expects to finalize design by the end of this year. Construction will begin and be completed in 2015.

Click here to view 90 percent design plans.

More Information

If you have questions about this project or would like to be added to the mailing list, contact Art Brochet at NSF@seattle.gov or 206-615-0786.

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