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Roosevelt Way NE Paving and Safety Improvements Project

Updated June 16, 2016

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Zone B road surface grinding, week of June 20

Construction activity during the week of June 20

Monday through Wednesday, June 20-22, work is focused on grinding the road surface in Zone B in preparation for paving. After grinding is complete, crews will continue working on sidewalk repair, corners and curb ramps, and preparing to install new transit islands.

Crews will use a large machine to grind the road surface, one lane at a time. The machine will travel from north to south, removing the top layers of asphalt along the way. Driveways and side streets may be closed for up to 30 minutes as the machine passes by.

What to expect during grinding in Zone B:

  • Short-term lane restrictions will be in place on Roosevelt Way NE in Zone B
  • On-street parking restrictions will continue in Zone B, 24 hours per day
  • Short-term closures to side streets and driveways will be in place for up to 30 minutes
  • Sidewalks on Roosevelt Way NE will remain open but crossings may be temporarily restricted
  • Existing Zone B bicycle detour will remain in place. People biking should follow Brooklyn Ave NE
  • Asphalt grinding will result in noise, dust, odor, and vibration
  • Road will be rough after grinding, lane edges may be abrupt, and steel plates will be on the road until paving
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be preserved

We will maintain access to shops and businesses at all times. Please continue to eat, shop, and play on Roosevelt Way NE throughout construction!

Paving in Zone B and Zone C outlook

We plan to pave Zone B over 1-2 nights. We will share more information when paving is scheduled.

After paving in Zone B is complete, we will prepare to move to Zone C, between NE 53rd and NE 45th streets. Construction in Zone C is expected to take 3-6 weeks to complete. Unlike Zones A and B, work will begin with grinding the road surface. We'll share more information as we get closer to the start of work in Zone C.

Zone B bike detour

The signed Zone B bike detour follows Brooklyn Ave NE and offers a continuous route for the length of Zone B construction. Due to construction and closures in the area, the signed detour will guide people on bikes to Brooklyn Ave NE at NE 64th St. People on bikes are also encouraged to connect to the 12th Ave NE Neighborhood Greenway at Ravenna Ave NE.

Remaining activity in Zone A

King County Metro will install bus shelters for the new transit islands at NE 65th St and NE Ravenna Blvd. Visit for more information.

Questions or concerns?

Contact the project team at or 206-727-3575. We are committed to keeping the community informed during construction and continue to update this webpage regularly. We send weekly construction updates via email and you can use this link to be added to the email distribution list. The outreach team continues to work directly with residents and businesses on Roosevelt Way NE for access restrictions and specific impacts. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the project team with questions or concerns.



Construction began on March 14, 2016 and is expected to take about 6 to 8 months to complete.

The corridor is divided into 5 work zones, outlined in this map and listed below, with an expectation that construction will be substantially complete in one zone before moving to the next. Substantially complete means that major construction work is done, however there are often still some remaining tasks finish up (e.g. painting lane lines and other pavement markings).

  • Zone A: NE 65th St to NE Ravenna Blvd – substantially complete!
  • Zone B: NE Ravenna Blvd to NE 53rd St – underway
  • Zone C: NE 53rd St to NE 45th St
  • Zone D: NE 45th St to NE 40th St alley
  • Zone E: NE 40th St alley, across the University Bridge, to Fuhrman Ave E

Work on the University Bridge (Zone E) will require 3 weekends closures to all traffic but the dates for these closures have not yet been set, but will not occur on weekends with major activities in the area (e.g. Opening Day of boating season, University Street Fair, University of Washington commencement) and will be coordinate with other major planned road closures. 

What to expect during construction

  • On-street parking restrictions on Roosevelt Way NE during construction; west side parking will be permanently removed
  • Weekday work hours, 7AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday (occasional night/weekend work may be necessary and advanced notice will be provided)
  • Lane restrictions; one lane maintained at all times and two lanes maintained during the morning and afternoon commute hours, 7-9 AM, 3-6 PM
  • Closed sections of sidewalks and pedestrian detours with temporary access that meets Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements
  • Bike lane closure in construction zone; people on bikes should follow signed detour or merge with traffic
  • Temporary bus stop relocations or closures (for more information, visit
  • Short term loss of access to driveways and side streets (we will notify affected properties in advance)
  • Steel plates on the road and rough pavement after grinding
  • Temporary delays and longer travel time through the work zones
  • Construction noise, dust, and vibration

Map - zones

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. Today, Roosevelt Way NE is marked by potholes, cracks in the pavement and seams in the roadway, which can be hazardous for vehicles, bike riders and pedestrians.

Improving safety, accessibility and comfort

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

  • Repaving Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th Street and the University Bridge
  • Replacing buckled sidewalks
  • Creating in-lane transit stops to improve transit speed
  • Consolidating three bus stops to improve transit speed and reliability
  • Installing 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
  • Installing 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)

Protected bike lanes(PBLs) physically separate people riding bikes from people driving and are distinct from the sidewalk, adding predictability for all travelers. PBLs are especially attractive to people who might be willing to bike but are concerned about safety. Better bike lanes can’t solve every problem, but they are one of the many tools Seattle can deploy to provide safer, more comfortable facilities to get from one place to another. The goal of the PBL is to improve safety and predictability for all travelers – people biking, walking and driving.

The new PBL will improve safety for people biking since they will no longer be in the “door zone” of parked vehicles. It will also serve as an important connection to a citywide bicycle network and multimodal system at:

New in-lane bus stops with concrete “islands” for transit riders will allow buses to stop in-lane to pick up and drop off passengers, eliminating the need to merge back into traffic (which often results in travel delays). At bus islands, the bike lane will run between the island and the sidewalk and be raised to the same height as the sidewalk and island. (See the sample diagram below.)

These changes will make Roosevelt feel more like a business street and less like an alternative to I-5.

The new bike lane and transit and pedestrian improvements require on-street parking removal on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th and NE 45th streets. To reduce potential impacts, SDOT is looking at supply – where we might add on-street parking spaces, and demand – how we can manage parking to make it easier to find. See our Parking Management Strategy.

Planned improvements, by intersection

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Project Schedule and Funding

Design: Winter 2014 - Late 2015
March 2016 – Late summer 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).

Keep You Informed

SDOT is committed to engaging with the community and understanding the needs in the project area. Nearby businesses and residents will receive updated information throughout construction. These are some of the ways we will keep you informed during construction:

  • Through our community liaison
  • Updating our project website
  • Sending email updates through our project listserv (sign up here)
  • Responding to inquiries from our project email inbox (
  • Responding to inquiries from our project hotline (206-727-3575)
  • Distributing flyers/ letters
  • Publishing media advisories
  • Briefing community organizations, upon request (contact our project team using the information below)

Project Materials

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

Current materials

Archived materials

Questions or Comments?

Project phone line: (206) 727-3575
Project email: 

Paul Elliott
Project Communications Lead 
(206) 684-5321

Eric Tweit
Project Manager 
(206) 684-8834

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