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Project update – October 2015

Crews will begin Phase 2 improvements on Thursday, November 5 with curb and sidewalk improvements at 24th Avenue and S Irving Street. For more information, please review our construction factsheet. Crews will work in the south end of the greenway and work their way up north. Work will be complete in Spring 2016.

For more information, please contact SDOT Communications Lead Maribel Cruz at

Neighborhood greenways are residential streets made safer and calmer for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride bikes. Small improvements to streets with already low car volumes and speeds add up to a big difference. Greenways can provide access to schools, trails, parks, transit, and neighborhood businesses. They 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

The Central Area Neighborhood Greenway will run on residential streets adjacent to 23rd Avenue between E. Roanoke Street on the north and Rainier Avenue S. on the south. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) selected the greenways route with the help of extensive community input gathered at open houses, drop-in sessions, presentations, and briefings. The full route selected is shown on the map at right.

Phase 1

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. Phase 1 was constructed in Spring and Summer 2015.

21st Avenue and E John Street intersection

Phase 1 runs from S. Jackson St. north on 25th/26th avenues. It turns west at E. Columbia Street, providing a new signalized crossing for bikes and pedestrians. The route travels up 22nd Avenue to E. Madison Street, where it crosses over to 21st Avenue and continue north to E. John St.

25th Avenue S and E Yesler Way

Potential features of all phases 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.

Project Schedule

The Central Area Neighborhood Greenway will be implemented in phases. Phase 1 reached substantial completion in September 2015. Phase 2 and Phase 3 (the south and north ends of the greenway, respectively) implementation begins October 2015.

Project Materials

August 26 & 28, 2014 Open House Materials

Open House Presentation

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

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