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Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

June 4, 2015

Project Update

What’s Happening?

The project team finalized the design for the Ballard Greenway on 17th Avenue NW. We are in the process of securing a contractor to build the greenway and anticipate construction will begin later this summer or early fall. The project team will share more information on the construction schedule as soon as it is available. Click to view the most recent project factsheet or scroll down to view other project materials.

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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
Project Manager


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