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Ellis Avenue S / S Albro Place
Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

BACKGROUND

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is planning to resurface Ellis Avenue S and S Albro Place from E Marginal Way S to Stanley Avenue S in 2011. As part of the repaving project, SDOT is working to improve conditions for all users of the street – including pedestrians, cyclists, transit, freight and those who live on the street.

The repaving project gives SDOT an opportunity to implement a “Complete Streets” approach to the roadway. The street currently consists of four general purpose travel lanes. There is a morning and evening parking restriction on the west side of the street. Motor vehicle speed is often significantly higher than the speed limit of 30 mph. Travel lanes are narrower than we typically provide on transit routes.

The Bicycle Master Plan calls for Seattle to triple the amount of cycling between 2007 and 2017. While we’ve made good progress toward that goal (15% increase between 2007 and 2009), the experience in other cities suggests that the perception of comfort and safety is essential to attracting large numbers of new people to cycling. Dedicated bike lanes contribute to a cyclist's feeling of safety and comfort and draw people to cycling who might not otherwise do so.

WHAT WE PROPOSE TO DO

SDOT has developed a proposal that will make biking, walking and riding transit the most enjoyable and attractive way of getting around. The plan includes:

  • Repaving Ellis Avenue S and S Albro Place.
  • Retaining one travel lane in each direction. Travel lanes will be wider than they are currently.
  • Constructing curb bulbs at several intersections.
  • Providing a five-foot bike lane in each direction.
  • Allowing 24-hour parking on the west side of the street.

Click here to view the project plans

We expect the new configuration to result in motor vehicle speeds that are more in line with the speed limit (30mph), improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists, better parking for residents on the street, and wider travel lanes to provide adequate space for motor vehicles, buses and freight.

These changes are scheduled to take place in spring, 2011. This project is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in 2006.

 

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