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Meridian Ave N Paving and Safety Improvements Project

Updated: June 26, 2017

What's happening now

Thank you for your patience as crews worked to complete pavement repairs earlier this month.

Final striping work on Meridian Ave N is expected to occur in late July. As we prepare for the final phase of this work, we will notify the community at our earliest convenience with details on what to expect.  

We appreciate your patience during construction. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Paul Elliott at or (206) 684-5321.


Project Overview

Why was Meridian Ave N improved?

Meridian Ave N is a north-south arterial on the west side of I-5 in North Seattle. It serves as a primary route leading to Northwest Hospital (to the north) and to North Seattle College (to the south), as well as numerous businesses in between. 

Along this section of Meridian Ave N, those using the roadway previously encountered pavement marked by potholes, cracks in the pavement, and seams in the roadway, which could be hazardous for those driving, biking, and walking.

Improving safety, accessibility, and comfort 

SDOT repaved the roadway and installed improvements on Meridian Ave N, between N 103rd St and N 112th St, to enhance safety and mobility for people who drive, bike, walk, and use transit along this corridor. The new surface will extend the life of the roadway by 10 to 12 years. This project was listed as a high priority in the city's Bike Master Plan.
In addition to the new surface, this improvement project includes:

  • New buffer lanes, intersection detection, and other improvements to protect those biking on both sides of Meridian Ave N between N 103rd St and N Northgate Way. The buffered bike lanes will connect with existing bikes lanes on College Way N and the planned pedestrian/bicycle bridge across I-5 to the future Northgate Link light rail station.
  • Upgraded traffic signal technology
  • New curb ramps where needed to meet current accessibility standards
  • Construct new concrete landing pads at bus stops, to provide a safer and more accessible exit from the rear of the bus
  • A new stormwater detention system, to prevent overflows into Thornton Creek and improve habitat



Construction began on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The contractor completed the repaving work at the end of September 2016. Crews performed temporary striping work in November 2016 and will return in spring 2017 to permanently stripe the road, paint bike boxes, and install delineation posts for the protected bike lane.

Public Outreach

SDOT is committed to engaging with the community and understanding their needs in the project area. Nearby businesses and residents receive updated information as the plans for construction evolve. If your organization would be interested in a project briefing, please contact Paul Elliott (information below). 


To view a PDF of project-related materials, please click on the link provided below.

Construction notice (May 2016)
Invitation to a pre-construction survey (May 2016)
Distribution of tree-trimming notification (Spring 2016)
Project fact sheet (February 2016)
Letters to property owners along the corridor to introduce the project (Summer 2015)


Design: $0.4 million
Construction: $2.0 million
Total: $2.4 million

SDOT funded project design. Funds from the “Move Seattle” levy, approved by Seattle voters in November 2015, were used to construct these safety and accessibility improvements. The project is part of SDOT’s Arterial Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Program.


We are committed to building a productive, inclusive, and collaborative relationship with all who live, work, or travel in the project area. Please contact us with any questions.

Contact Paul Elliott, Communications Lead
206-684-5321 |

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