Greenlake Way N
SDOT has completed a technical analysis of the unsignalized marked crosswalks at the intersections of Green Lake Way N and N 51st Street and Green Lake Way N and 53rd Street . These crosswalks no longer meet city safety guidelines and will be removed.
Before deciding to remove these marked crosswalks, SDOT considered:
• reducing the number of travel lanes; and
• installing a traffic signal.
Because of the current traffic volume and the importance of Green Lake Way N as a vehicle travel route, SDOT is not recommending a reduction in the number of travel lanes.
Further, these are not appropriate places for a new signal. To meet federal standards for a pedestrian signal, a location requires 100 pedestrians an hour for a four-hour period, or 190 pedestrians in a single hour. Neither location has that volume of pedestrians.
Once these crosswalks are removed, the preferred pedestrian crossings for this section of Green Lake Way N will be at the signalized intersection of Green Lake Way N and N 50th Street to the south and the signalized intersection of Green Lake Way N and N Clogston Way to the north.
It is also important to note that, according to Washington state law, a legal pedestrian crossing exists at every intersection regardless of whether or not a crosswalk is marked. Thus, pedestrians will continue to have a legal right to cross at these locations.
SDOT is also in the process of designing additional median islands to the north at the intersection of E Green Lake Way N and W Green Lake Way N to assist pedestrians in crossing.
For the safety of our crews who must work in traffic, and to reduce the impact on mobility in the area, this work may take place in the early morning hours or on a weekend.