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Greenwood Avenue N: Roadway Improvements

Improvements to be made to Greenwood Ave N

Work is to begin in October 2010. In late September residents and businesses along Greenwood Ave N between N 85th St and N 105th St will receive door hangers regarding temporary parking restrictions.


In early August the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) put forth a proposal to extend the channelization improvements that were implemented on Greenwood Ave N between N 50th St to N 80th ST to the north between N 85th St to N 105th St. These improvements will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety; reduce vehicle speeds and collisions while maintaining current capacity on Greenwood Ave N. During a public open house held on August 3 and during the subsequent 2 week public comment period we heard from over 90 citizens. We heard support for pedestrian improvements and dedicated bicycle lanes. We also heard concerns about possible congestion and diversion of traffic.

After hearing citizen input and further analyzing the lane usage, SDOT will make the following improvements to Greenwood Ave N between N 85th St and N 105th St:

  • Install a center left turn lane
  • Extend the southbound left turn and right turn pockets on Greenwood Ave N at N 85th St
  • Change the travel lanes to one travel lane in each direction
  • Improve pedestrian crossings on Greenwood Ave N
  • Provide bicycle lanes on both sides of the street

This decision is consistent with the analysis of current and future traffic conditions on the corridor, recommendations in the Greenwood Neighborhood Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan and input from the community received via the August 3, 2010, open house, letters and phone calls. This work will be completed in 2010.

The purpose of these changes is to enhance access to businesses, improve pedestrian safety, maintain transit efficiency, provide bicycle facilities and maintain vehicle carrying capacity. SDOT carefully considered the needs of all users on Greenwood Ave N.

  • Motorists/Freight— Motor vehicle volumes on Greenwood Ave N suggest that traffic flow will be improved with the changes. The center turn lane will make it easier to make turns on and off of Greenwood Ave N from adjacent businesses and side streets. It will also remove left turning vehicles from the travel lane.
  • Transit —SDOT is coordinating with Metro Transit to review the proposed lane widths. There will be no changes to existing bus stops.
  • Pedestrians—A center turn lane will help pedestrians so that they can cross one lane of traffic at a time. SDOT will continue to study pedestrian crossings to determine where additional marked crosswalks can be installed along the corridor.
  • Bicycles—SDOT will add dedicated bicycle lanes to both sides of the street.
  • Parking— Impacts to parking will be minimal. Three spots will be removed. One between N 87th St and N 90th St to provide better visibility for transit. Two spots will be removed between 85th and 87th to lengthen the southbound right turn lane onto N 85th St. These parking spots are currently not available for parking during business hours.
  • Emergency Response—because emergency responders such as ambulances and police cars can use their sirens and lights to clear their path, this plan will not adversely impact operations.

We expect the new configuration to result in improved safety for all users.

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These changes are scheduled to take place in late 2010. This project is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in 2006.


You may email your comments to or call 206-684-7583.

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