October 1, 2014
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), working in collaboration with King County Metro, recently completed construction on the Aurora RapidRide Pedestrian Improvement Project, a project began last November, designed to make it safer and easier for RapidRide commuters to get to and from their bus stops on Aurora Ave N.
The project included the construction of a number of new sidewalks on Aurora and on some of its side streets, along with the installation of a number of updated ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) mandated curb ramps along Aurora. In addition, the project also included the installation of a new traffic signal at North 95th St and Aurora.
The improvements were installed to support Metro’s RapidRide Line E, which began service last 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.)
Project elements included:
- The new traffic signal at N 95th St & Aurora Ave N (mentioned above)
- Section of sidewalk on the north side of N 115th St between Aurora Ave N and Meridian Ave N.
- Sidewalk on the south side of N 125th St from Aurora Ave N to Stone Ave N to Densmore Ave N (along with the addition of 5’ bike lanes on both sides of the street.
- Small section of sidewalk on the north side of N 125th just east of Aurora.
- Section of sidewalk on the NE and SE corner at N 135th St & Aurora.
- Sidewalk on the north side of N 143rd St, between Aurora Ave N and Palatine Ave N
- Sidewalk or asphalt paths on both the east and west sides of Aurora Ave N to N 145th
- Tech pylons at N 63rd, N 75th, N 95th, N 115th, and N 125th
- New curb ramps on Aurora between N 77th and N 145th streets, and at the intersections of Green Lake Way & Stone Ave N and Keen Way & Stone Ave N. (Not all intersections on Aurora got new curb ramps.)
Some items originally included in the package have had to be deferred due to funding challenges, including a new sidewalk on the north side of N 135th St between Aurora Ave N and Linden Ave N to connect to a planned sidewalk on the north side of N 135th St, as well as a number of curb ramps.
Questions, comments, or concerns about the project can be directed to Paul Elliott, Community Relations at SDOT – 206/684-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.