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Pedestrian Safety Improvements:  23rd Avenue S / S Walker Street

Last updated: September 23, 2014

Project Update

As soon as October 7, SDOT will begin construction of pedestrian improvements in the 23rd Avenue S and S Walker Street area. Work is anticipated to last for approximately six months, with individual elements under construction for 4-9 weeks.

The project team will work with the community to keep residents, businesses and travelers informed of detour routes and construction impacts as the information becomes available.

During construction you can expect:                       

  • Vehicle lane restrictions on S Walker Street between Rainier Avenue S and 24th Avenue S
  • Pedestrian and bicycle detours around the construction areas
  • Construction activity during normal work hours, between 7 AM and 6 PM
  • Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving
  • Temporary driveway closures
  • Parking restrictions
  • Impacts to bus stops

Click here to view final project plans.

Project Description


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The Seattle Department of Transportation is working to make streets in North Beacon Hill safer and more comfortable for everyone. As part of that effort, SDOT is planning to construct pedestrian transportation safety improvements in 2014 and 2015 along 23rd Avenue S from S Waite to S College streets, as well as along two block of S College and up at S Walker Street.

Many of these improvements were recommended in community plans including the Southeast Transportation Study (SETS). Most importantly, these types of pedestrian facilities improve safety for all roadway users. Projects include:

  • New sidewalk on the east side of 23rd Ave S from S College St to S Waite St
  • New sidewalk on the south side of S College St from 23rd Ave S to Rainier Ave S
  • Curb bulbs at Rainier Ave S and S Walker St to improve visibility and safety
  • Curb ramps at 23rd Ave S and S Walker St
  • Curb ramps at MLK Jr Way S and S Walker St

One final component is a new open space for the community to enjoy, on the east side of 23rd Avenue S, at, and just north of, S Bayview Street. The space may have landscaping, grass and native flowers, etc., based on what the surrounding community envisions.

To share your ideas, please contact Maribel Cruz at (206) 684-7963 or maribel.cruz@seattle.gov

Project Benefits

The goal of these pedestrian safety improvements is to help make North Beacon Hill safer and more comfortable for multiple travel modes. The work includes:

  • Sidewalk along a route to and from a school bus stop
  • ADA compliant curb ramps, for smoother better access
  • Curb bulbs to improve pedestrian crossings
  • Community open space

Environmental Review

After a careful environmental review, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has determined that the pedestrian projects in the 23rd Ave S/S Walker St area will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. SDOT is required to consider the environmental consequences of proposed projects under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). SDOT issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The SEPA checklist, linked below, includes a summary of the project’s impacts on water quality, air quality, plants, animals, hazardous materials, noise, land use, light, recreation, cultural resources, parking, and other disciplines. The public comment and appeal periods have closed.

SEPA DNS for 23rd Ave S/S Walker St Pedestrian Improvements Project
SEPA Checklist for 23rd Ave S/S Walker St Pedestrian Improvements Project

Please contact Maribel Cruz at 206-684-7963 or maribel.cruz@seattle.gov with any questions or concerns.

Funding

This work is funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy, Safe Routes to School, Sidewalk Development Program, and Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

Schedule

These improvements reached 100 percent design in April 2014. The project team expects to move to construction as early as October 2014. Construction will be complete in early 2015.

More information

Public Information Officer
Maribel Cruz
206-684-7963
maribel.cruz@seattle.gov

 

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