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North Beacon Safety Connections

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Construction Update

The week of Monday, December 8, as part of its North Beacon Safety Connections Project, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) began construction at the intersection of S College Street and 14th Avenue S. We will build curb ramps at all corners of the intersection and curb extensions at the northwest and southeast corners. This project will help improve safety for everyone using the roadway. During this work, each block of S College Street between 13th and 15th avenues S will be closed to through traffic; local access will be maintained. Parking restrictions and pedestrian detours will also be in place around the work area. Construction at this intersection is scheduled to be completed mid-January.

*This schedule is dependent on weather and may change*

Beacon Avenue S & 14th Avenue S
As soon as January 5, crews will begin working at the intersection of Beacon Avenue S and 14th Avenue S. Improvements at this intersection include an all-way stop, marked crosswalks, curb ramps and curb extensions at all corners of the intersection, and a raised crosswalk in the south portion of the intersection. To improve safety and reduce cut-through traffic, this intersection will also be realigned so that southbound motorists on 14th Ave S must turn left or right.

Beacon Avenue S Construction Update
Construction to build a new sidewalk and uphill bicycle lane on Beacon Avenue S from 14th Avenue S to S Holgate Street is nearing completion. If the weather cooperates, we anticipate removing the lane restrictions and detours by the week of December 22. The new sidewalk will be open for use. Crews may need to return to the site in January to install roadway markings to complete this work.

North Beacon Safety Connections Project to last for approximately six months

Construction of the North Beacon Safety Connections project is currently underway. Work will last until spring of 2015. 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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