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NE Northgate Way & 5th Avenue NE Intersection and Pedestrian Improvements

Updated: February 14, 2013

UPDATE: Project completion delivers long-awaited pedestrian and intersection improvements to Northgate

Pedestrian and intersection improvements at NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE are now complete and all lanes of traffic are open to the traveling public. SDOT’s contractor completed the final construction elements this week; pouring concrete for the new sidewalks at each corner of the intersection. Crews installed the new signal system earlier this month.

The majority of the NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE Intersection and Pedestrian Improvements Project was complete in November 2012, awaiting delivery of signal parts. The new intersection provides the following benefits to the Northgate community:

  • An additional left-turn lane from westbound NE Northgate Way onto southbound Fifth Ave NE
  • A landscaped median with trees on NE Northgate Way just west of the intersection
  • An extended right turn lane from northbound Fifth Avenue NE onto eastbound NE Northgate Way
  • Decorative crosswalks on all four sides of the intersection
  • New signal system and improves drainage and water quality


Final sidewalk and signal/lighting work at 5th Avenue and NE Northgate Way intersection

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New sidewalk along Northgate Way, on south side, west of intersection

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New landscaped median along Northgate Way, west of intersection

 

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New decorative crosswalks at
intersection – now adorn all sides


Questions? Call the PROJECT HOTLINE at 206-462-6348 to leave a message at any hour and get a response within one business day. You may also contact:


 Project Description

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:

  • Adds an additional left-turn lane from westbound NE Northgate Way onto southbound Fifth Ave NE
  • Builds a landscaped median with trees on NE Northgate Way just west of the intersection
  • Extends the northbound Fifth Avenue NE right turn lane that turns eastbound onto NE Northgate Way
  • Creates decorative crosswalks on all four sides of the intersection
  • Installs a new signal system and improves drainage and water quality

In all areas of widening new sidewalks, planting strips 
and street trees will be placed

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Project Benefits

wbrfinal.pngKey benefits include:

  • Enhanced transit speed and reliability
  • Safer and more attractive pedestrian environment
  • Improved mall access from the east, reducing congestion 

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.

 Schedule

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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Leave a message at any hour and get a response within one business day by calling the Project Hotline at: 206-462-6348

Thank you for your patience as we continue work to improve the Northgate area!  

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