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Project updates – August 2014

You’re Invited!

Preferred alternatives for Phase 2 and 3 will be presented at upcoming public open houses. Please join us at one of the following meetings:

Phase 2 (S. Jackson St. to Rainier Ave. S.) Open House
Tuesday, August 26, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.

Phase 3 (E. John St. to E. Roanoke St.) Open House
Thursday, August 28, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E.

Central Area Neighborhood Greenway Drop-In Session Materials are now available

Thank you to everyone who attended our July drop-in sessions concerning route options for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway (the south and north ends, respectively). We heard a lot of great comments and enjoyed talking with you about this exciting project.

Display boards from Phase 2/3 drop-ins:

Central Area Neighborhood Greenway

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calm residential streets for you, your family and neighbors. They are built on streets with low car volumes and speeds. Greenways can provide access to schools, trails, parks, transit, and neighborhood businesses. Greenways can be especially beneficial for families, children and seniors who might find these routes more comfortable than busier nearby streets. Local access to homes along neighborhood greenways is always preserved, and there are usually minimal, if any, changes to on-street parking. Visit our neighborhood greenways home page to learn more.

Project Description

23rd Avenue is a heavily trafficked transportation corridor. As part of SDOT’s 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvement Project, bike facilities will not be accommodated on the modified 23rd Avenue. As an alternative, SDOT will build a neighborhood greenway near this busy arterial to provide a more comfortable environment for people to walk, run, and bike.

For Phase 1 of the greenway (between S. Jackson and E. John streets), SDOT evaluated four potential routes on the east and west sides of 23rd Avenue for the greenway. With the help of community input, a combination of the previously reviewed routes was ultimately chosen. This “hybrid” route offers the best features of the considered routes and avoids many of the potential problems.

The Phase 1 hybrid route will run from S. Jackson St. north on 25th/26th avenues. It will turn west at E. Columbia Street, providing a new signalized crossing for bikes and pedestrians. Then the route will go up 22nd Avenue to E. Madison Street, where it will cross over to 21st Avenue and continue north to E. John St.

Potential features of the greenway include:

  • Pavement markings and signage to alert motorists  to expect people bicycling
  • Improved crossings to make it easier for pedestrians and people on bicycles to cross
  • Way-finding to let people know where and how far away the neighborhood destinations are located
  • Median islands, traffic circles, curb bulbs and speed humps to help keep speeds low and drivers from using neighborhood streets to avoid main streets.

The Central Area Neighborhood Greenway will be implemented in phases. Phase 1 is currently in design and will be installed in the fall of 2014. Route options for Phase 2 and Phase 3 (the south and north ends of the greenway, respectively) are now being evaluated. 

Project Schedule

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Contact Maribel Cruz at or (206) 684-7963.

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