NE 75th Street Road Safety Corridor Project
NE 75th Street Before and After Report
Designed and implemented in six months, this project has successfully improved safety along the NE 75th Street corridor. Highlights from our before and after study include:
- Collisions reduced by 45 percent
- Speeds reduced 9 percent eastbound and 11 percent westbound
- Top end speeders (10+ mph over the posted speed limit) reduced 75 percent eastbound and 79 percent westbound
- Traffic volumes increased 3 percent
- Travel times unchanged
Responding to concerns raised by residents, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working with the community to review roadway conditions along NE 75th Street and nearby roadways. As safety is our number one priority, we are committed to improving safety for all users of the transportation system by reducing speeding and the number of collisions on our streets.
SDOT will work in collaboration with the community to consider changes to these streets in an effort to bring down speeds and make the roadway safer for students, neighbors and all roadway users. Together we will determine the specific nature and design elements of these changes through the process described below. Since collision data tells us that the majority of collisions are caused by behavioral issues such as speeding, distraction, and impairment (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), we will pair roadway modifications with new enforcement strategies and area-specific educational outreach.
Proposed Changes to NE 75th Street
On July 17th, Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang announced four proposals for the NE 75th Street corridor. Developed by SDOT and area residents, the proposed roadway modifications are intended to reduce speeds and improve safety for students, neighbors, and all who travel the corridor.
The proposals for NE 75th Street between 15th Avenue NE and 35th Avenue NE can be viewed by clicking here.
SDOT’s presentation from our July 24th and 25th public meetings can be viewed as a PowerPoint by clicking here or as a PDF be clicking here.
Additional near-term improvements include:
- Photo enforcement cameras for the Eckstein school zone on NE 75th Street
- Traffic calming on the non-arterial streets near Eckstein (SDOT will work with residents before installation of traffic calming devices such as speed bumps)
- New crosswalk at 28th Avenue NE and NE 75th Street
- New pedestrian countdown signals at several intersections
- Crossing improvements at 9th Avenue NE and NE 75th Street (near the entrance to southbound Interstate 5)
- Spot parking restrictions throughout the area to improve sight lines
Longer-term improvements, which require more time for design, outreach, and implementation, include:
- Channelization improvements on Banner Way/NE 75th Street between NE 80th Street and 15th Avenue NE
- New left turn pockets on 35th Avenue NE at NE 75th Street
- Bicycle facilities on NE 75th Street east of 35th Avenue NE connecting to the newly completed Neighborhood Greenway on 39th Avenue NE
Your input is needed! Please join us to discuss the proposed changes in greater detail at two community meetings next week:
- Wednesday, July 24th, 7-9PM in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)
- Thursday, July 25th, 1-3PM in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) at Messiah Lutheran Church (7050 35th Ave NE)
Following through on commitments made in community discussions over the past year, the City is already moving forward with several initiatives immediately to enhance safety in the area:
- The bus load zone for Eckstein Middle School on NE 75th Street was repainted in April 2013. Please respect the signs and pavement markings to ensure student safety
- Flashing beacons to enhance the visibility of the school zone speed limit will be installed this spring
- School zone speed enforcement cameras will be installed on NE 75th Street in 2013
- The intersection of NE 68th Street and 25th Avenue NE will be evaluated for a traffic signal
- The crosswalk at NE 68th Street and 25th Avenue NE will be remarked with fresh and highly visible paint
SDOT previously made the following improvements to help address roadway concerns in this neighborhood:
- Pedestrian countdown signals (which countdown the number of seconds left to cross the street) and new east/west left turn signals were installed in June 2011 at NE 75th Street and 35th Avenue NE
- A new marked crosswalk to cross the south leg of 30th Avenue NE at the intersection of NE 75th Street was installed in May 2012
- Pedestrian countdown signals were installed at the school crosswalk signal at NE 75th Street and 31st Avenue NE in 2013
A series of community meetings was held throughout 2013 to listen to community concerns, share traffic data, and develop strategies to lower vehicle speeds and reduce collisions. These meetings were open to the general public and were publicized through a variety of channels.
Issue Identification Meetings – April-May 2013
Purpose: Review existing conditions and traffic data, discuss toolbox of potential improvements, and hear concerns and ideas from residents
- Tuesday, April 23rd, 6-8:30PM,
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE
- Thursday, April 25th, 2-4PM,
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE
- Wednesday, May 1st, 7-9PM,
Calvary Christian Assembly, 6801 Roosevelt Way NE
The Seattle Department of Transportation thanks north Seattle residents for providing valuable input into the NE 75th Street Road Safety Project. Hundreds of comments have been collected through three public meetings and we’ve received more than 100 emails, letters, and completed comment sheets.
Here’s What We Heard – Common Themes
- Channelization improvements were requested along segments of NE 65th Street, NE 75th Street, 25th Avenue NE, 35th Avenue NE and Banner Way NE and at several signalized intersections
- Speeding is a problem along the NE 75th Street corridor and along segments of nearby arterial streets
- The eight schools in the area increase pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle volumes twice a day. Speeding on non-arterial streets during drop-off/pick-up hours is a problem near schools. Many students walk and bike to school and student safety is a priority for residents. New construction at Thornton Creek Elementary will likely change traffic patterns.
- There is a strong desire to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety throughout the area. Suggestions included adding more and improving existing marked crosswalks, constructing sidewalks, adding bicycle facilities to NE 65th Street and NE 75th Street, and improving signal performance for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Improve access to parks throughout the area and reduce speeds on adjacent streets
- Improve existing traffic signals to reduce turning movement conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists and improve traffic flow
- Encroachments in the right-of-way limit pedestrian mobility and reduce visibility for all
- Congestion is an issue along several corridors during peak hours. This often leads to cut through traffic on non-arterial streets.
- Existing parking restrictions should be reviewed and existing parking laws should be more strictly enforced. New parking restrictions are needed in a couple of locations.
- Increased enforcement efforts are needed area-wide to address speeding, distraction driving, impaired driving, and pedestrian and bicycle safety issues
- Educational efforts should focus on behavioral issues like impairment, speeding, and distraction with more information about student, pedestrian, and bicycle safety.
Click here for a map of community identified safety concerns
Conceptual Designs – May-June 2013
SDOT synthesized community input and defined roadway improvement alternatives based on community input and data
Design Alternatives Review Meetings – July 2013
SDOT reviewed four alternative roadway designs for NE 75th Street. Two meetings were held to consider the proposals and gather public feedback:
- Evening Meeting: Wednesday, July 24th, 7-9PM in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)
- Daytime Meeting: Thursday, July 25th, 1-3PM in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) at Messiah Lutheran Church (7050 35th Ave NE)
Proposed alternatives were released in advance of the meetings via the project email list and this webpage.
Implementation – August 2013
- Short-term improvements, such as changes to signs and pavement markings, will begin
- Design for civil improvements will begin with construction/installation in 2014
- SDOT will develop a funding strategy for longer term improvements
Evaluation – Ongoing
- Seek and respond to community feedback
- Collect and evaluate speed, volume and collision data at one-year intervals
- Make adjustments if needed
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is moving forward with changes to NE 75th Street to improve safety and provide better transportation options for everyone. The following changes are being made between 15th Avenue NE and 35th Avenue NE:
- A two-way left turn lane will be installed
- A marked crosswalk will be installed at 28th Avenue NE
- Bicycle lanes will be striped in both directions
- One general purpose travel lane will be provided in each direction
- On-street parking will no longer be allowed on the street, except where school buses need to load in front of Eckstein Middle School. On-street parking will be allowed in front of Eckstein all day except during designated school bus loading hours.
Layout will begin in late August and these changes will be completed in September 2013, weather permitting. “No parking” signs will be installed, existing paint lines removed and the will be street restriped.
We expect these changes to reduce the number of collisions and the number 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 roadway channelization plan can be viewed here.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is dedicated to providing frequent and timely updates throughout the process. Subscribe to email alerts to receive the latest information including public comments, recommendations, and meeting announcements.
If you have questions or would like to share your perspective on NE 75th Street and nearby roads, please contact Jim Curtin at 206-684-8874 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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