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North Beacon Safety Connections

Last updated: October 27, 2014

Construction Update

Southbound Beacon Avenue S now closed for approximately 9 weeks

Restrictions on Beacon Avenue S between S Holgate Street and 14th Avenue S are in place for construction of a new sidewalk on the east side of Beacon Avenue S. Southbound Beacon Avenue S, the uphill direction to Beacon Hill, will be fully closed to vehicle traffic for approximately 9 weeks and vehicles must use an alternate route. The northbound, downhill direction to SODO, will remain open during this construction.

  • Via S Jackson Street: Vehicles traveling eastbound, towards Beacon Hill, on S Holgate Street can use northbound 6th Avenue S to connect with S Jackson Street via Seattle Boulevard S and 4th Avenue S. Vehicles will then use southbound 12th Avenue S, the Jose Rizal Bridge and southbound Golf Drive S to access the North Beacon Hill Area.
  • Via S Spokane Street: Vehicles traveling eastbound, towards Beacon Hill, on S Holgate Street can use southbound 6th Avenue S to connect with S Spokane Street, cross I-5 via S Columbian Way and turn north on 15th Avenue S to access the North Beacon Hill area.

Please note: Vehicles heading northbound, or downhill, on Beacon Avenue S will travel on the left side of the road, outside the construction area.

Click here to view a detour map during construction.

North Beacon Safety Connections Project to last for approximately six months

SDOT is moving forward with construction of the North Beacon Safety Connections project. Work will last for approximately six months. Construction information will be made available on this webpage and distributed through the project email list. You can sign up to receive updates by contacting the construction outreach team at or 206-615-1075.

Questions about what to expect during construction? See the Project Library section below or click here to view the project’s construction FAQs.

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 an improved connection between Beacon Hill and 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.

  • 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.

Please contact Maribel Cruz at 206-684-7963 or 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 Library

What to Expect During Construction Handout
Final project plans

September 2014 Drop-In Session

Drop-In Session Display Boards 
Project Fact Sheet

Drop-In Session Flyer:

February 2014 Community Meeting:
Project Fact Sheet and Update
Project Plans
Channelization plan for the intersection of 14th Avenue S and Beacon Avenue S

November 2013 Open House:
Open House Presentation
Open House Display Boards

Environmental Review Documents:
SEPA DNS for North Beacon Safety Connections Project
SEPA Checklist for North Beacon Safety Connections Project

Project Schedule

  • November 6, 2013: Open House #1
  • February 4, 2014: Open House #2
  • Spring 2014: Final design
  • September 9, 2014: Drop-In Session
  • October 2014 - Winter 2015: Construction

*Schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


Questions about construction? Contact the project’s Construction Communications Officer, Alicia Molina at or 206-615-1075

Maribel Cruz
Public Information Officer

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