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Green Lake Way Safety Improvements

Decision Announcement

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is moving forward with changes to Green Lake Way N to improve safety and provide better transportation options for everyone.  The following changes are being made between N 50th Street and N 55th Street:

  • A two-way left turn lane will be installed
  • A marked crosswalk will be installed at N 52nd Street
  • Bicycle lanes will be striped in both directions
  • One general purpose travel lane will be provided in each direction
  • To reduce neighborhood cut through traffic, left turns will no longer be allowed from southbound Green Lake Way N to eastbound N 55th Street

Additionally, on-street parking will no longer be allowed on the north side of N 50th Street between Green Lake Way N and Woodlawn Avenue N.  This will improve signal operations and reduce delay for vehicles at the five-way intersection of N 50th Street, Stone Way N and N Green Lake Way. 

Layout will begin in October and these changes will be completed in late October, 2013, weather permitting.  “No parking” signs will be installed, existing paint lines removed and the street restriped.

We expect these changes to reduce the number of collisions and the percent of drivers exceeding the speed limit. We also expect the street to operate more efficiently with this new configuration so overall travel time will remain essentially the same as it is today.



The Wallingford and Green Lake Community Councils asked The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to study safety improvements to Green Lake Way between N 50th & N 55th Streets to improve pedestrian access to Woodland Park, reduce the number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit, and make it easier to make a left turn into the parking lot at the Woodland Park Playfields.  After considering these requests and studying traffic conditions, SDOT is proposing several changes to make the street safer for everyone, reduce speeds, and better provide pedestrian and bicycle access.

SDOT proposes to:

  • Install a center left turn lane
  • Install a new marked crosswalk
  • Reconfigure the travel lanes to one travel lane in each direction
  • Improve pedestrian crossings
  • Provide bicycle lanes on both sides of the street
  • Improve traffic operations by installing a new stop sign at West Green Lake Way N
  • Improve signal operations at Green Lake Way N & N 50th Street by removing one block of parking on the north side of N 50th Street

Click here to view the project plans.

Open House Presentation
Open House Display Boards
Project Comment Sheet

Read how similar projects throughout Seattle have improved safety and mobility with minimal changes to travel time: 

Project Funding

Project design is locally funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy.

Project Schedule

August 20, 2013: Project Open House
September, 2013: Final design
October, 2013: Construction

Questions? Contact Brian Dougherty at, or call 206.684.5124.


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