Northgate Neighborhood Greenway

What's happening now?

Project update

After considering feedback gathered from the community during 2017 outreach, and reviewing traffic data and citywide transportation plans, we're happy to report that our route has been selected!

Designs for the selected route have not been finalized and we plan to work with the community to identify common themes and gather additional feedback.

Project Overview

We've been working with the Maple Leaf, Pinehurst, and Northgate communities to select a route for a neighborhood greenway that connects residents to local schools, parks, and businesses as well as the citywide transportation network. The new neighborhood greenway will bring affordable, active transportation options for people of all ages and abilities.

The Northgate Link light rail station is scheduled to open in 2021, and prior to the opening, we're planning to build several projects that will create safe and easy connections between the station and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Northgate Neighborhood Greenway, along with the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge, and numerous improvements on streets serving the station will bring safety and accessibility to the area.

What's a Neighborhood Greenway?

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority. Neighborhood greenways can include:

  • Easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks, flashing beacons, or traffic signals
  • Speed humps to calm traffic
  • 20 mph speed limit signs
  • Stop signs for side streets crossing the neighborhood greenway
  • Signs and pavement markings to help people find their way

The Northgate Neighborhood Greenway came from city planning efforts and community requests. The Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) calls for a network of neighborhood greenways in the Maple Leaf neighborhood that connect to schools and neighborhood destinations. With the opening of the Northgate Link light rail station in 2021, this neighborhood greenway was identified as a high priority for Northeast Seattle.

During early outreach, hundreds of people gave feedback via an online survey, public events, and conversations with the project team. We heard requests for a neighborhood greenway with:

  • Connections to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Northgate Library and Community Center, nearby shopping, and the future Link light rail station
  • Improvements to help calm traffic
  • Safer crossings at busy intersections
  • Routes that avoid the steepest hills

Selected Route

We're designing our selected route after listening to the community, reviewing existing transportation plans, and analyzing traffic data. The selected route is divided into two phases; the Maple Leaf Connection and the Pinehurst Connection.

North gate neighborhood green way selected route map

  1. Maple Leaf Connection

    The first phase of the neighborhood greenway will connect people in Northgate and Maple Leaf between Link light rail, Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Northgate Mall, and the Northgate Community Center and Library. We're proposing upgrades to the crossings at 5th Ave NE & NE 103rd St and at Roosevelt Way NE & NE 103rd St to help people walking and biking across these busy intersections.

    Northeast 103rd street and 5th avenue northeast intersection graphic
    Roosevelt way northeast and northeast 103rd street intersection graphic
  2. Pinehurst Connection

    The second phase of the neighborhood greenway provides a north-south connection into Pinehurst and ends at Hazel Wolf K-8 School. We're proposing a crossing improvement at NE 117th St & Roosevelt Way NE and upgrades to the signal at NE Northgate Way & 8th Ave NE.

    Northeast north gate way and 8th avenue northeast intersection graphic
    Roosevelt way northeast and northeast 117th street intersection graphic

Funding

This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle.

Schedule

Spring 2017: Share route options and get feedback
Summer 2017: Share most promising route and get feedback
Spring 2018: Share final route and get feedback
2018/2019: Complete 100% design and prepare for construction
As soon as 2020: Build Maple Leaf connection
As soon as 2021: Build Pinehurst connection

A timeline graphic showing the Northgate greenway project timeline. 2017 to March 2018, project planning and development. March 2018 to December 2019, project designs are developed and finalized. Construction of the Maple leaf segment anticipated as soon as 2020. Construction of the Pinehurst segment anticipated as soon as 2021. The public involvement process will occur through the full duration of the project.

Get Involved

Northgate Neighborhood Greenway drop-in event at the Northgate Community Center
Northgate Neighborhood Greenway drop-in event at the Northgate Community Center

We're committed to engaging with communities and understanding your needs. Now is the time to get involved!

We're holding stakeholder and community group briefings to detail the project and gather feedback along the project corridor, beginning in Spring 2018, and will continue until designs are finalized in 2019. Please reach out if you would like us to talk with your group.

You can review previous materials we've presented to the pubic in our "Materials" section below.

Materials

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Updated: 3/19/2018