University/Cowen Paving Project
Updated: June 5, 2017
University Way NE/Cowen Pl NE is collector arterial serving approximately 4,000 drivers on an average day and King County Metro routes 45, 71, 73, and 83. Between NE 50th St and NE Ravenna Blvd, University Way NE is a commercial and residential street that supports the University Heights Center, a community P-Patch, shops and restaurants, and the University District Neighborhood Farmers Market on Saturdays.
15th Ave NE is a minor arterial serving northeast Seattle and approximately 7,000 drivers on an average day. 15th Ave NE connects the University District and Roosevelt neighborhoods with Lake City Way NE and is a major transit street, serving King County Metro routes 71, 73, and 83. Between NE 55th St and Lake City Way NE, 15th Ave NE is home to houses, apartment buildings, businesses, and Roosevelt High School.
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 0.5 miles along University Way NE/Cowen Pl NE and 1.3 miles of 15th Ave NE make it safer and more comfortable to travel on 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 these corridors according to the needs of different users and the amount of space available.
In addition to paving, these projects 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:
To take advantage of grant opportunities, 15th Ave NE construction is being moved to 2019 and will be considered as a separate project. This project will move to focus on University/Cowen paving project design and construction, scheduled as soon as 2018.
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 an online survey, held an open house, 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 University Way NE and Cowen Pl 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:
*Findings described are for University/Cowen Paving Project. Learn about data for 15th Ave NE paving in the Materials section at the bottom of this page.
Other transportation investments in the northeast Seattle
This is our anticipated project timeline for University/Cowen 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
To view a PDF of project-related materials, please click on the links provided below.
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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