35th Ave NE Paving Project
Investing in the basics
Last updated: May 25, 2017
35th Ave NE is a minor arterial serving northeast Seattle and approximately 12,500 drivers on an average day. 35th Ave NE connects Ravenna-Bryant and Wedgwood neighborhoods and is home to religious institutions, retail establishments, a post office, library, and many private residences. It's also a transit route with service connecting northeast Seattle to the U District, Link light rail, and downtown Seattle and designated for a protected bike lane in the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan.
Each year, we pave arterial streets in poor condition to make them safer, smoother, and to extend their useful life. We prioritize paving projects based on pavement condition, traffic volume, geographic equity, cost, and opportunities for grants or coordination with other projects in the area. Repaving streets also creates opportunities to improve street safety and move people and goods more efficiently in a growing Seattle.
As part of our paving program, we'll repave approximately 1.5 miles of 35th Ave NE and NE 45th Pl to make it safer and more comfortable to travel and to extend the useful life of the pavement. Paving is an opportunity to cost-effectively update street designs to promote safety, build features called for in citywide transportation plans, and coordinate with other projects. We developed concepts for street designs along the 35th Ave NE corridor according to the needs of different users and the amount of space available.
In addition to paving, this project will include upgrading curb ramps, sidewalk repair, bus stop improvements, protected bike lanes, and stormwater drainage improvements in select locations. See the image below for a look at these conceptual street designs for:
Between NE 65th and NE 55th streets, 35th Ave NE is made up of concrete panels that were replaced a few years ago. NE 55th to NE 65th streets are included in the project area for street design improvements but due to the good pavement condition here, we won't pave between NE 65th and NE 55th streets.
History and background
Since the summer of 2016, we've shared street design concepts with the community and asked how you get around your neighborhood. We sent mailers, offered online surveys, held open houses, dropped off materials, and visited businesses with door-to-door outreach.
We heard from hundreds of people about transportation safety and we appreciate everyone who took time to talk to us. Your feedback helped shape our design proposal for 35th Ave NE. Here's what we heard from you:
In addition to taking community feedback, we analyzed traffic and parking data and reviewed freight, transit, bike, and pedestrian master plan recommendations. Some of our findings included:
Our findings from freight, transit, bike, and pedestrian master plan and Vision Zero recommendations included improving access to and across 35th Ave NE for people walking and biking; a call to reduce serious and fatal traffic crashes; adding bike lanes and left-turn pockets at arterials; and moving the northbound bus stop at 75th Ave NE to the south side of the intersection.
Based on our analyses and community feedback, we developed concepts for street designs along the 35th Ave NE corridor according to the needs of different users and the amount of space available. Here are some ways a street design with bike lanes is good for everyone:
The feedback we heard matches recommendations from the community that are laid out in The Future 35th Ave NE plan. The plan includes a recommendation to increase safety by adding friction, noting the proven strategy of adding visual complexity to the built environment to passively encourage people driving to slow down because our brains need time to recognize and process what's going on around us. Bike lanes, predictability through on-street parking, and landscaping are all elements that help add friction.
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This is our anticipated project timeline but dates are subject to change.
This project is part of SDOT's Arterial and Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Paving Program. Design and construction of our paving projects, as well as the safety and mobility improvements shown, are funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, approved by Seattle voters in November 2015. We also seek additional funding through grants, when available. Learn more about the levy at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle.
We're committed to engaging with the community throughout the life of the project. We want everyone to have the opportunity to engage with us and ask questions. Outreach is being done throughout the planning, design, and construction phases and here are some of the ways to get involved during the different stages of a project's life:
Outreach to date
We're 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.
Phone: (206) 615-0925
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