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Project Background

SDOT completed construction of Phase 1 improvements to 5th Ave NE in Northgate in fall 2006. Improvements included:

  • Pedestrian promenade with improved crosswalks connecting the library and community center with Northgate Mall and bus stops

  • Landscaped street medians

  • Wider sidewalks with trees, curb, gutter and driveway improvements

  • Traffic signal and street lighting improvements and the addition of 25 new lighting fixtures

  • Art installation including glass inserts in the sidewalk near the library, three bird house sculptures and one human perch (bench)

The project cost was $2.1 million and would not have been possible without contributions from City Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Public Utilities, King County Metro Transit and private donors.

The Fifth Avenue NE Streetscape Design Plan resulted from extensive community involvement including: participation in seven public meetings from 2003 to 2005, business surveys and face to face meetings with stakeholders. An interdepartmental city team made up of the Seattle Planning Commission, SDOT, CityDesign, Department Planning and Development and the Department of Neighborhoods also played a role. Technical documents are available below.


November 2003: 5th Avenue NE Improvements - Phase 1 - Design Sketches (PDF format)

April 2002: Final Report - Executive Summary (PDF format)

April 2002: Final Report (PDF format)

October - November 2001: Development of a Preferred Design Concept and an Implementation Strategy

September 2001: 5th Avenue Streetscape Design Workshop

June – July 2001: Interviews & the Visual Preference Survey

April – May 2001: Assess Existing Conditions & What We’ve Heard So Far

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