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North Beacon Safety Connections

On February 4th, 2014 SDOT staff hosted a community meeting to provide an opportunity for neighbors to review current plans and project status.  Materials from that meeting are available below.

SDOT also hosted an open house on November 6, 2013. Materials are available below:

Project next steps include planning for a third open house in Summer 2014.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is planning to make it safer and easier for kids, neighbors and families to walk and bike in your neighborhood.  Specifically, this includes a new sidewalk on Beacon Avenue S, intersection realignment at Beacon Avenue S and 14th Avenue S, curb bulbs at 14th Avenue S and S College Street, and a new ramp on the Holgate Street bridge leading to SODO.  Many of these improvements were recommended in plans including the Southeast Transportation Study (SETS), Beacon B.I.K.E.S. Circulation Plan, and applications through Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

  • S Holgate Street Bridge
    • Replace staircase with a continuous sidewalk
    • Increase safety and access for all
    • Improve connection between Beacon Hill and SODO
  • Beacon Avenue S from 14th Avenue S to S Holgate Street
    • New sidewalk on the east side of the street
    • Uphill bicycle lane
    • Formal street closure at 13th Avenue S with improvements
  • 14th Avenue S and S College Street
    • Curb bulbs to reduce pedestrian crossing distance
    • Improve visibility and safety for people crossing the street
  • Beacon Avenue S and 14th Avenue S
    • All-way stop and marked crosswalks on all sides
    • Reduce pedestrian crossing distance
    • Southbound left/right turn only, except bicycles
    • Reduce cut-through traffic on 14th Avenue S south of Beacon Avenue S

Environmental Review

After a careful environmental review, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has determined that the North Beacon Safety Connections Project will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. SDOT is required to consider the environmental consequences of proposed projects under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). SDOT issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on Friday, February 14, 2014. The SEPA checklist, linked below, includes a summary of the project’s impacts on water quality, air quality, plants, animals, hazardous materials, noise, land use, light, recreation, cultural resources, parking, and other disciplines. The public comment and appeal periods have closed.

SEPA DNS for North Beacon Safety Connections Project
SEPA Checklist for North Beacon Safety Connections Project

Please contact Maribel Cruz at 206-684-7963 or maribel.cruz@seattle.gov with any questions or concerns.

Project Funding

Project is funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy, Safe Routes to School, Sidewalk Development Program, and Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

Project Schedule

  • November 6, 2013: Open House #1
  • February 4, 2014: Open House #2
  • Spring 2014: Final design
  • Spring/Summer 2014: Open House #3
  • As early as July 2014 - Winter 2015: Construction

*Schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Contact

Maribel.cruz@seattle.gov 206-684-7963

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