Last November, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), working in collaboration with King County Metro, began installing a number of new sidewalks on Aurora and some of its side streets, along with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) mandated curb ramps at intersections along Aurora Avenue North. The project has also included the installation of a new traffic signal at North 95th Street & Aurora Avenue North. Finally, the project includes the installation of a number of tech pylons at various locations to permit Metro to display bus travel schedule information. These pedestrian improvements are being installed in support of Metro’s RapidRide Line E service, which began this past February.
The E Line operates along Aurora between the Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle. Like other RapidRide routes, it is intended to improve transit speed and reliability. (More information can be found on Metro’s website.) The pedestrian improvements are intended to make it safer for commuters walking to and from RapidRide bus stops.
The project was divided into three construction packages. The first package, which has been completed, included:
- The new traffic signal at N 95th St & Aurora (mentioned above)
- A new sidewalk segment on the north side of N 115th between Aurora Ave N and Meridian Ave N
- A new sidewalk on the north side of N 143rd St Palatine Ave N and one block east of Linden Ave N to provide a pedestrian connection from the residential neighborhood to the bus stop a N 145th St.
- One block of sidewalk on the north side of N 143rd St from Aurora Ave N to one block east of Linden Ave N. to provide pedestrian connection from the residential neighborhood to the bus stop at N 145th St.
- Tech pylons at N 63rd, N 75th, N 95th, N 115th, and N 125th.
- New curb ramps on Aurora Ave N between N 77th St. and N 95th St.
Package 2 should be completed by mid-July, and included:
- Construct new sidewalk to connect to the existing sidewalk on the north side of N 100th St between Stone Ave N and Densmore Ave N to provide a pedestrian connection from the residential neighborhood to the bus stop.
- A new sidewalk on the south side of N 125th St from Aurora Ave N to Stone Ave N to Densmore Ave N to provide pedestrian access to the bus stop (along with the addition of 5’ bike lanes on both sides of the street).
- Construct new sidewalks or asphalt paths on both the east and west sides of Aurora Ave N at N 145th St to improve pedestrian connections to the bus stop.
- Curb ramps at the intersections between N 77th and N 96th streets. (Note: Not all intersections between these streets are getting new curb ramps. Please refer to the .pdf link below for exact locations.
- New curb ramps on Aurora between N 78th St and N 145th St, at W Green Lake Way and Stone Ave N, and at Keen Way and Stone Ave N.
Unfortunately, funding challenges have forced the cancellation of Package 3. It is hoped that funds will be available in 2015, so that the elements planned can still be added to the corridor:
- A new sidewalk on the north side of N 135th between Aurora Ave N and Linden Ave N to connect to planned sidewalk on the north side of N 135th St to provide a pedestrian connection from the residential neighborhood to the bus stop at N 135th St.
- New curb ramps on Aurora between N 103rd St. and N 141st St, as well as one at Aurora Ave N and Roosevelt Way N just south of N 145th & Aurora Ave N.