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Ballard Neighborhood Greenways

Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

August 28, 2015

Project Update

What's happening?

Construction on the Ballard Greenway begins on September 1.

Have fun and check out the neighborhood greenway route during Ballard Summer Parkways on September 19 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Parks along the route will be full of family activities. Greenway construction will not interfere with this event.

NW 90th Street construction begins on September 1: Construction will begin on NW 90th Street adjacent to the walkway that connects to 17th Avenue NW. Crews will install new curb ramps at this location during the week of September 1 and return later this fall to install a crosswalk. Construction of curb ramps will last approximately 5 working days and through traffic will be maintained. Pedestrians will be detoured around the work areas.

17th Avenue NW and NW Dock Place to take place on September 1: The intersection of 17th Avenue NW at NW Dock Place is being reconfigured to clarify the right of way and reduce conflicts between people walking, biking and driving. Crews will paint the pavement and install flexible bollards at the boundary of this new open space to formalize the intersection. The changes preserve all vehicle movements, including emergency vehicles and access to the adjacent alleyway. As a result a new public space is being created and we are working with community members to leverage the opportunity. Additional upgrades will continue after the Ballard Greenway project is complete. The contractor will install delineator posts and complete striping on September 1.

17th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street construction begins on September 3
On Thursday, September 3, we’ll begin building pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of NW 85th Street and 17th Avenue NW. SDOT’s contractor will work on one side (north or south) of the intersection at a time in order to maintain traffic flow. During this time, 17th Avenue NW will be closed to through traffic. Those needing to access 17thAvenue NW will need to use NW 83rd Street or NW 87th Street.  Temporary pedestrian paths in the area will be clearly marked and temporary Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps will be installed. Traffic lanes on NW 85th Street will be shifted to accommodate work zones and two-way traffic will be maintained. Work at this intersection will last approximately 28 working days (approximately 6 weeks).

As construction progresses throught the corridor, you can expect the following:

  • Temporary on-street parking restrictions
  • Short-term single lane closures, where needed
  • Pedestrian and bicyclist detours
  • Noise, dust, and vibration typical of construction
  • Weekday work hours from 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Maintained driveway access to residences

This work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if necessary.

Click here to view pre-construction mailer sent to properties along the greenway corridor.

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Contact the project team at  or call 206-684-4747.


Project Description

Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, neighbors and customers. On streets with low car volumes and speeds a greenway can:

  • Improve safety
  • Help people cross busy streets
  • Discourage cut-thru traffic
  • Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
  • Keep speeds low
  • Get people to where they want to go like parks, schools, shops and restaurants

Neighborhood greenways are not car free zones, do not add bike lanes and there are minimal if any on-street parking impacts.

In March 2014, SDOT hosted a public meeting and gathered valuable input on building a north-south neighborhood greenway in Ballard from Salmon Bay to Soundview Playfield. From our evaluation and the input received, we recommend a greenway along 17th Avenue NW from NW 90th Street to Russell Avenue NW and along NW Dock Place between Russell Avenue NW and Ballard Avenue NW. The recommendations (shown on map below) include traffic calming and access and crossing improvements. Not shown, but also included are stop signs facing east and west on residential streets, wayfinding signs, sharrows, reduced speed limit signs from 25 MPH to 20 MPH and pavement and sidewalk repairs.

Project map

As part of the neighborhood greenway will install a safety improvement at 17th Avenue NW and NW 57th Street. A safety island/partial closure at the northeast corner will improve post office drop-off access and reduce cut-thru traffic. Seventeenth Avenue NW will continue to operate as a two-way street, however northbound traffic will be directed to turn left or right at NW 57th Street.


A smiliar island is located along the east-west NW 58th Street neighborhood greenway at St. Alphonsus School.

Here is a map of the existing route along NW 58th Street.

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Project Funding

This project is locally funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy.

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CJ Holt
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