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Project Status Update

Thank you to those who attended our February 26th Open House! We had a great turn out and received a lot of thoughtful comments. At the meeting, we reviewed the chosen route for the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway, evaluation measures, design elements of a greenway and next steps for the project. Information about the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project was also available.

For those who were unable to attend, open house materials are available here:

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.

SDOT evaluated four potential routes on the east and west sides of 23rd Avenue for the greenway. Ultimately, a combination of the previously reviewed routes was chosen. This “hybrid” route offers the best features of the considered routes and avoids many of the potential problems.

The hybrid route will run from I-90 north on 25th/26th avenues. Then 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.

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. The portion of the route between S Jackson Street and E John Street will be constructed first.

 

Project Schedule

Project Materials

November 6, 2013 Open House

Questions?
Contact Maribel Cruz at Maribel.cruz@seattle.gov or (206) 684-7963.

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