Melrose Promenade

Updated 12/19/2019

What's happening now?

We're continuing design on the Melrose Promenade project to create a safer, more inviting street for everyone. Thank you to residents and businesses who have shared input so far. We expect to start construction as soon as fall 2020.

See this fact sheet for the latest design including zoomed-in images of the design at Melrose and Denny, Olive, Pine, and Pike. 

final design

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Built atop a high retaining wall, Melrose Ave is a key walking/biking connection. The construction of I-5 created a barrier between Capitol Hill and downtown that project neighbors have envisioned reconnecting through the "Melrose Promenade."

Right now, the streets can be difficult to cross, some sidewalks and pavement are damaged, and drivers are exceeding the speed limit. Between 2013 and 2018, there were a total of 141 reported collisions on Melrose Ave between Roy St and University St. All but 1 of the serious injury collisions involved someone walking or biking between Denny Way and Pike St. 

The corridor is a key walking and biking connection in our citywide network. Melrose Ave is in our Bicycle Master Plan and part of the project area is a designated pedestrian zone.

Capitol Hill is one of the densest neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region and continues to grow. The Melrose Promenade will connect community members with major destinations in the neighborhood and routes to First Hill and Downtown. The corridor includes high-density residential and mixed-use communities, and major employment centers near the south end of the project including medical centers, colleges, and the downtown business district.Currently, 37% of households in the Melrose Promenade corridor are car-free. Constrained on-street parking supply, expensive off-street parking, nearby mass transit, and the density of housing and jobs in the neighborhood can make owning a car expensive and inconvenient - or unnecessary for many. This project aims to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections so they are more attractive and convenient.

This project is a foundational step toward the community's "Melrose Promenade" vision by improving the walking and biking experience along Melrose Ave from E Roy St to University St.

Pike pedestrians

Project Area

We plan to build speed humps, curb ramps, curb bulbs, and bike lanes in sections, as well as repair damaged pavement and sidewalks on Melrose Ave between E Roy St and University St.


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Outreach & Schedule

In 2018 and early 2019, we sent a mailer, held an open house with an online survey, met with project neighbors, and went door-to-door to collect input on early concepts. We're currently meeting with project neighbors to develop the project design and sent a mailer sharing the expected design in December 2019. We anticipate construction to begin as early as fall 2020. 

People at the open house event


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