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Roosevelt Way NE Paving and Safety Improvements Project

Updated January 19, 2016

The Roosevelt Paving and Safety Project is complete.

Thank you Roosevelt and University District communities for your patience and support during construction.

Some final punch list activities may continue in the area to make minor adjustments where needed.



Construction began on March 14, 2016 and ended in October 2016.

Paving in Zone A


Paving in Zone B

Pouring new curb ramps in Zone A

Waterproofing on the University Bridge


Project Background

Existing Conditions

Roosevelt Way NE is a principal one-way arterial, serving northeast Seattle, the University of Washington and Eastlake. It is also a primary route that connects downtown to north Seattle and is frequently used by commuters, transit users and students, including drivers, bike riders and pedestrians.

Improving safety, accessibility and comfort

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) made improvements along Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th Street and the University Bridge for people who drive, bike, walk and use transit.

The project:

  • Repaved Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th Street and the University Bridge
  • Replaced buckled sidewalks
  • Created in-lane transit stops to improve transit speed
  • Consolidated three bus stops to improve transit speed and reliability
  • Installed curb bulbs (which extend the curb or sidewalk) and pedestrian islands at certain intersections throughout the project corridor to meet ADA requirements and also reduce pedestrian crossing distances and make it easier for road users to see each other
  • Installed a one-way south bound protected bike lane on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th and the south end of the University Bridge to improve safety and predictability for all users (This includes permanent enhancements to the temporary protected bike lane between NE 45th and NE 40th streets)

Project Schedule and Funding

Design: Winter 2014 - Late 2015
March 2016 October 2016

The project is being funded by: SDOT's Arterial Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Program and Sidewalk Safety Repair Program, which are funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy; SDOT's Safe Routes to School Program; a grant from the Federal Highway Administration; and the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle (approved by voters in 2015).

Project Materials

Click the link below to view a PDF of each of the project materials.

Current materials

Archived materials

Questions or Comments?


Paul Elliott
Project Communications Lead 
(206) 684-5321

Eric Tweit
Project Manager

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