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Nickerson Paving Project

Taking care of the basics

Last updated: July 19, 2017

What's happening now

Construction on the Nickerson Paving Project will begin July 24. We've divided the project area into 3 work zones and will require crews to finish major construction in one zone before moving to the other. Construction will begin in Zone B. Construction is expected to continue through the end of the year.

  • Zone B: 3rd Ave W to 14th Ave W
  • Zone A: Etruria St to 3rd Ave W
  • Zone C: 14th Ave W to 15th Ave W (will take place in late 2017 or early 2018)

For more information about paving impacts and what to expect during construction, click here for our construction flyer.

Questions about the project?

Email the project team at or call 206-256-5252.

Click here to sign up for project email updates.

Project Overview

Nickerson/W Nickerson St is a principal arterial, major truck route, and a transit street on the north side of Queen Anne that serves 23,000 drivers on an average weekday. Nickerson/W Nickerson St runs parallel to the Ship Canal and is an important access route for freight and maritime communities, and connects Westlake, Fremont, Ballard, and Interbay. Nickerson/W Nickerson St is bordered by residential homes, industrial properties, retail businesses, and Seattle Pacific University.

Project description

Pavement on Nickerson/W Nickerson St is marked by cracks and potholes and the road base needs repair in many locations. As part of our Paving Program, we'll repave Nickerson/W Nickerson St curb-to-curb between Etruria St and 15th Ave W to make it safer and more comfortable to travel on and extend its useful life. To take advantage of grant opportunities, paving and pedestrian improvement work between 13th Ave W and 15th Ave W has been postponed until late 2017 or early 2018.

Nickerson/W Nickerson St was restriped in 2010 to improve traffic operation and safety. This project will repaint the existing pavement markings that are in place, maintaining the street operation that's in place today.

The Nickerson Paving Project will include the following elements:

  • Repave and restripe Nickerson /W Nickerson St between Etruria St and 15th Ave W; striping will maintain current street operation
  • Repair road base in select locations
  • Repave the southbound onramp to 15th Ave W
  • Pave new asphalt sidewalk on north side of the southbound 15th Ave W onramp and connect asphalt sidewalk to Ship Canal Trail
  • Pave an existing footpath under the south side of the Ballard Bridge
  • Add pedestrian crossing islands in place of paint-and-post crossing islands at
    • W Nickerson St and 11th Ave W
    • Nickerson St and Dravus St
  • Upgrade curb ramps in select locations

Project map - click for larger

Other SDOT projects in the area

Interbay Trail Connections Project – We’re working on a transportation safety and mobility project in the Interbay and Magnolia communities to better connect major trails. We're proposing a family-friendly connection for people traveling between the Ship Canal Trail, Elliot Bay Trail, and the Ballard Locks, which will help people reach Westlake, downtown, and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Construction on this project will also begin this summer and is scheduled be complete by the end of the year.

Visit the 
project webpage to learn more or contact Dan Anderson with questions: or 206-684-8105.


This is our anticipated project timeline, but dates are subject to change.

Past milestones



Summer 2016

Begin design

November 2016

Seattle Pacific University briefing

January 2017

Outreach to businesses and residents along Nickerson/ W Nickerson St

January 2017

Finish design

February 2017

Queen Anne Community Council briefing

Late spring 2017

Pre-construction outreach

Construction milestones

July 2017

Begin construction

Winter 2017

Complete project



Levy to Move SeattleThe project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015, and the Pedestrian Master Plan.


Get involved

We're committed to keeping you informed and working with neighbors to limit construction impacts to the extent feasible. Here are some ways to get more information about the project:

  • Review project materials linked below
  • Subscribe for project email updates by clicking here
  • Contact us directly with any questions about the project or 206-256-5252
  • Request a briefing for your business or organization (contact us via phone or email)

Contact information

Phone line: 206-256-5252

Community Outreach Lead
Rachel McCaffrey

Project Manager
Brian Glas


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