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Aurora Rapid Ride Pedestrian Improvements

Updated January 23, 2014

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), working in collaboration with King County Metro, is currently 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 also included the installation of a new traffic signal at North 95th Street & Aurora Avenue North.  Finally, the project also includes the installation of a number of tech pylons at various locations on Aurora to permit Metro to display bus travel schedule information. These pedestrian improvements are being installed to support Metro’s RapidRide Line E service, which will begin service on February 16, 2014.

The E Line will operate 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 on RapidRide, as well as on the E Line, 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 has been divided into three separate construction packages, with the construction of all packages expected to be completed by late 2014. Construction on the first of these packages began in November, with work on the second package slated to begin in late January. Components of the first package (in addition to curb ramps and tech pylons) include:

  • The new traffic signal at N 95th & Aurora (mentioned above)
  • A short new sidewalk segment on the north side of N 115th, east of Stone Avenue N
  • A sidewalk on the north side of the street N 143rd from Aurora Ave N to Palatine Ave N (along with a short segment on the south side of N 143rd for about half a block west from Aurora to existing sidewalk). 

Construction on Package 2 will begin shortly, and includes:

  • A new sidewalk on the south side of N 125th St from Aurora to Densmore Ave N
  • Curb ramps at the intersections between N 77th and N 96th streets.  (Note:  Not all intersections between these streets will get new curb ramps.  Please refer to the .pdf link below for exact locations.)
  • Additional tech pylons/bus arrival signs.

Package 3 construction is likely to begin in late spring 2014, and includes:

  • A new sidewalk on the north side of N 100th from Stone Ave N to Densmore Ave N.
  • A new sidewalk on the west side of Aurora Ave N between N 135th and N 136th streets.
  • A new sidewalk on the north side of N 135th between Aurora Ave N and Linden Ave N.
  • Additional new curb ramps.  (Note:  Not all intersections between these streets will get new curb ramps.  Please refer to the .pdf link below for exact locations.)




 

Click here to view the project map

 

Questions, comments, or concerns about the project can be directed to Paul Elliott, Community Relations for SDOT at 206/684-5321 or paul.elliott@seattle.gov


   
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