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2018 Seattle Paving Projects
Investing in the basics

Updated: March 2, 2017

Whats new?

Weve released concepts for 2018 southeast Seattle paving projects, including updated street designs to meet current and future needs, improvements like crossing beacons to make it easier to cross the street, and access bus zones.

Share your thoughts about the designs and stay in the loop by subscribing to our email list. Well send emails with project updates and public engagement opportunities.

The southeast projects include: S Columbian Way/S Alaska St, Swift Ave S, S Myrtle St, S Myrtle Pl, S Othello St, Wilson Ave S).

In addition to 2018 paving, we're beginning a multi-year effort to bring large capital investments to southeast Seattle. We want to work with the community to reduce crashes, make it easier to walk and bike, and make buses faster and more reliable. Learn more at the We ❤ Southeast Seattle website.

Stay tuned for more information about the northeast cross sections (15th Ave NE, University Way NE, Cowen Pl NE, NE 45th Pl, 35th Ave NE), which are still being determined. Sign up now to receive project updates, and check back here soon.

What we heard from southeast Seattle

We shared draft street concepts with the public in fall 2016 and heard some great feedback.

For southeast Seattle:

  • 1 of 3 respondents asked for protected bike lane features
  • Other themes emerged:
    • Traffic Safety Concerns
    • New Crosswalk Requests
    • Widen or Add a Bike Lane

Project Overview

We're planning to repave several streets in your neighborhood in 2018 with funding provided by the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle. Five arterial paving projects are scheduled for construction in 2018.

For southeast Seattle:

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Southeast Seattle Proposals

Wilson Ave S:
S Dawson St - Seward Park Ave S

wilson paving map

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We will:

  • Resurface the roadway, install new, visible lane markings, make spot sidewalk repairs, and add upgraded curb ramps to make sidewalks more accessible
  • Consolidate on-street parking to the east side of the street; remove on-street parking on the west side
  • Add a 5-foot protected bike lane on the east side of the street with a 3-foot buffer area between the bike lane and parking
  • Add a 5-foot bike lane on the west side of the street without a buffer

 

Swift Ave S, S Myrtle St, S Myrtle Pl, S Othello St:
S Albro Pl Martin Luther King Jr Way S

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We will:

  • Resurface the roadway, install new, visible lane markings, make spot sidewalk repairs, and add upgraded curb ramps to make sidewalks more accessible
  • Swift Ave S
    • Add 5-foot protected bike lanes with 2-foot buffer areas between the bike lane and general traffic on each side of the street
  • S Myrtle St, S Myrtle Pl, and Beacon Ave S
    • Remove on-street parking between Beacon Ave S and 32nd Ave S
    • Add 6-foot protected bike lanes with 3-foot buffer areas between the bike lane and general traffic on each side of the street
  • S Othello St
    • Add 5-foot protected bike lanes with a 3-foot buffer area between the bike lane and parking on the south side of the street and a 2-foot buffer area between the bike lane and general traffic on the north side of the street

 

S Columbian Way, S Alaska St:
Beacon Ave S - Martin Luther King Jr Way

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We will:

  • Resurface the roadway, install new, visible lane markings, make spot sidewalk repairs, and add upgraded curb ramps to make sidewalks more accessible
  • Remove on-street parking on each side of the street
  • Add 5-foot protected bike lanes with 3-foot buffer areas between the bike lane and general traffic on each side of the street
  • Improve the intersection at S Alaska St and Mountain View Dr S with a pedestrian refuge island
  • Improve the intersection at S Alaska St and S Alaska Pl to shorten crossings for people walking and improve pedestrian visibility

 

Program Description

Seattle rehabilitates arterial streets (primary routes for moving traffic through the city, connecting neighborhoods and business districts to one another, and the regional transportation network) each year to make them safer and more comfortable to travel on, and to extend their useful life.

Our paving program not only aims to take care of the basics, but it also invests in the future with improvements to move more people and goods in and around a growing Seattle. Read our Current Paving Project page to learn more about how we prioritize projects. You may also be interested reading reports on how redesigning streets can make them safer.

Public Outreach

People at meeting

SDOT is committed to engaging with communities and gathering feedback throughout the life of a project. Outreach is being done throughout the planning, design, and construction phases of the project.

2016 Outreach:

  • An online survey was conducted to gather feedback about how you travel around your neighborhood and what is working and what's not with these streets.
  • We shared draft street design concepts that included what we learned from the survey, as well as pedestrian, bike, freight, and transit master plan recommendations, and traffic data at two open houses.
  • We held stakeholder briefings with our advisory boards, businesses, community groups, and schools and visited businesses along the project streets to talk about the project and gather their feedback.
  • We held a public comment period to gather feedback from residents, commuters, and businesses about their ideas on the draft concepts.

2017 Outreach:

  • Share planned street design concepts that include what we learned from community feedback.
  • Keep the public informed about future public engagement opportunities throughout the design process.

Project Materials

To view a PDF of project-related materials, please click on the link provided below.

Northeast:

Southeast:

Project Funding

Funds from the Levy to Move Seattle, approved by Seattle voters in November 2015, will be used to design and construct these safety and accessibility improvements. The project is part of SDOT's Arterial Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Program. Learn more about the levy at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle

Project Schedule

Project timeline graphic

Questions or Comments?

We are committed to building a productive, inclusive, and collaborative relationship with all who live, work, or travel in the project area. Please contact us with any questions.

Northeast Paving Projects:
Dawn Schellenberg, Communications Lead
(206) 684-5189 | dawn.schellenberg@seattle.gov
If you need this information translated, please call (206) 684-5189.

Southeast Paving Project:
Dan Anderson | Communications Lead
(206) 684-8105 | dan.a.anderson@seattle.gov

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