NE Northgate Way & 5th Avenue NE Intersection and Pedestrian Improvements
Updated: February 14, 2013
The project to improve the intersection of NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE is part of the Northgate Coordinated Transportation Investment Plan, which guides private and public transportation investments through 2030, and the Fifth Avenue NE Streetscape Plan developed by the City of Seattle in conjunction with the Northgate community. It was coordinated with private development in the years before and during the project’s 2008-2009 design, back when the corner at NE Northgate Way and 5th Avenue NE looked like the photo to the right (click to view larger version). With full funding in place a year or so later - courtesy of Bridging the Gap, State and Local funds - construction was finally able to move forward.
Specifically the project:
In all areas of widening new sidewalks, planting strips
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Key benefits include:
The NE Northgate Way & 5th Avenue NE Intersection and Pedestrian Improvements Project will help buses and all roadway traffic move more smoothly through and into this busy retail core. With better traffic flow during each timed signal also comes reduced waiting times for pedestrians, at the enhanced crosswalks to be installed on all four sides of the intersection. Overall, the results will make walking, biking, and riding transit easier.
Construction began July 2, 2012 and was nearly complete in November 2012, with the crew awaiting delivery of light poles to finish the project. Work ceased during the holiday season in this very busy shopping area, and resumed January 7, 2013 to install street and signal lighting and make finishing touches to the surrounding sidewalk. Postponed arrival of critical signal equipment as well as limited availability of crews then pushed the schedule out a bit further. The entire project is now scheduled to be complete by the end of February 2013.
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Thank you for your patience as we continue work to improve the Northgate area!