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Ballard Neighborhood Greenways

Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

November 23, 2015

Project Update

Construction of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway started in early September and is expected to be complete in early 2016.

Crews will not be working on Thanksgiving or the day after (November 26 and 27).

Construction and the weather

Please keep in mind that much of the construction associated with the greenway is weather dependent. Now that we are in the rainy season, SDOT's contractor may need to shift the construction schedule. Crews may do demolition, site preparation and sign installation when it's raining. On dry days, crews prioritize pouring concrete and asphalt and installing pavement markings.

NW 85th St and 17th Ave NW construction update

Work at this intersection is complete, including the installation of the crosswalks and the crossing beacons.
NW 65th St and 17th Ave NW - Work zone moving to north side of intersection as early as Monday, November 30

SDOT's contractor started work on the south side of the intersection in early November. To maintain two-way traffic and accommodate the work zone on the south side of the intersection, we reduced traffic lanes and shifted traffic to the north side of NW 65th Street. During this time, southbound access to 17th Ave NW from NW 65th St will remain closed to through traffic. Those needing local access to 17th Ave NW from NW 65th St are encouraged to use NW 64th St via 15th Ave NW or 20th Ave NW.

When the south side of the intersection is complete, SDOT's contractor will begin work on the north side of the intersection (as early as November 30, weather permitting). At that time, traffic lanes on NW 65th St will be shifted to the south side of the street to maintain two-way traffic and accommodate the work zone on the north side. Northbound access to 17th Ave NW from NW 65th St will be closed to through traffic. Those needing local access to 17th Ave NW are encouraged to use NW 67th St via 16th Ave NW.

Pedestrian safety improvements at this intersection will include curb extensions, new curb ramps that are compliant with current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and pedestrian crossing beacons.

Mail dropbox at NW 57th and 17th Ave NW being relocated to safety island SDOT has been working with the United States Postal Service (USPS) to discuss options to improve safety and provide easy mail drop-off. Once the safety island on the northeast corner of this intersection is fully installed, the USPS will relocate the mailbox to the safety island providing access for southbound vehicle traffic.

Next Steps – Intersection layout at NW Dock Pl and 17th Ave NW

In early September, SDOT's contractor painted lines and installed flexible bollards on the east side of the intersection at 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl to improve safety, calm traffic and create a new public space. Based on traffic observations and public feedback, SDOT then considered a possible alternative intersection layout. Thank you to everyone who participated in the October 10 on-site event and all those who provided comments on the intersection layouts.

SDOT has decided to add signage to the current intersection layout (shown here) to clarify its operations. We will then evaluate how the intersection works with the fully implemented neighborhood greenway, including the new traffic signal at the intersection of Leary Ave NW and NW Dock Pl. The intersection layout will be finalized in the fall of 2016.

A street mural designed by local artist Celeste York will be displayed on a vertical element, such as a kiosk, in the new public space.  Groundswell NW will work with the community to develop a permanent park within the new public space utilizing 2016 Neighborhood Park and Street funds.

Sign installation

Crews are installing signage along the greenway between NW 90th St and NW Market St. This includes signs notifying users that they are on the greenway, speed limit signs, and signs that give advance warning of speed humps. Crews will also be installing stop signs on most of the streets that cross 17th Ave NW.

Full project plans, including speed hump locations, are available below.

As construction progresses throughout 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 access to residences

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

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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.

Project Materials

Project Contacts


Project Outreach Team

CJ Holt
Project Manager


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