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Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

Project Update

May 2, 2016

We are building a network of greenways and are now studying a potential route connecting Historic Ballard to the Burke-Gilman Trail. Join the conversation and attend the first of two project public meetings.

Open House #1
Monday, May 2
6-7:30 PM, Presentation at 6:30PM
Pacific Crest Montessori School
600 NW Bright St

This meeting is wheelchair accessible via the Bright Street entrance and is served by Metro bus routes 40 and 28. Para solicitar un intérprete, por favor llame al (206) 684-5189 al menos una semana antes de la reunión.

Construction of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway along 17th Ave NW is nearly complete

Thanks for your patience during construction. There are still a few minor tasks to complete along the greenway so you may still see crews in the area. Work includes:

  • Modify a curb ramp at N 90th St to eliminate ponding
  • The US Post Office is repositioning the mail drop box on the safety island at NW 57th St and 17th Ave

Seattle Public Utilities begins construction for the Ballard Natural Drainage project this spring.

Project Description

Ballard has become one of Seattle's most popular and fastest growing neighborhoods. Families live here.

It is home to important maritime and industrial jobs.

It is also home to great shopping and cultural events.

Photo credit: Flickr /kallu
Photo credit: Flickr /kallu

We are building a network of neighborhood greenways in Ballard and would like to hear from you. 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.

Potential Greenway Route and Other Local Transportation Projects Map

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We are investing in a number of locations to make walking, biking and riding transit in this growing, vibrant neighborhood easier. Along with creating a neighborhood greenway network, a northbound RapidRide bus only lane is planned for 15th Ave NW between NW Leary Way and NW Market St and walking and biking connections to the Ballard Bridge are being improved. It is important to acknowledge that 15th Ave NW is a Major Truck Street and that many of these improvements are taking place in Ballard's industrial zone. Let's work together to keep people and goods moving in an organized and predictable way.

Our work builds off recommendations collected during previous greenway outreach; a 2015 workshop with freight, walking and biking neighborhood representatives; and through the Move Ballard planning effort competed last year—recommendations are expected this Spring.

Project Funding

The neighborhood greenway project is funded by the Levy to Move Seattle. Approved by voters in 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.


Project Materials

Project Contacts

Summer Jawson, Neighborhood Greenway Project Manager,
(206) 684-8264

Dawn Schellenberg, Neighborhood Greenway Community Engagement Liaison,, (206) 684-5189

Jonathan Dong, RapidRide D Bus Improvements Project Manager,, (206) 233-8564

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