Seattle Center to Waterfront Greenway

Updated: October 22, 2019



What's Happening Now?

The Seattle Center to Waterfront Greenway will build an important connection between the Thomas Street Overpass and Seattle Center providing a safer, more comfortable way to walk and bike between some of Seattle's most popular destinations.

This project is identified and funded by the North Downtown Mobility Action Program (NODO MAP).

In coordination with the opening of the new arena at Seattle Center, currently mid-2021, this project will construct an all ages and abilities walking and biking connection between the Thomas St Overpass and the Seattle Center via Thomas St and Republican St. This project will connect the neighborhood greenway with the future 1st Ave N and Queen Anne Ave N protected bike lanes that will be constructed in association with the new arena at Seattle Center.

Project Background

The North Downtown Mobility Action Program (NODO MAP) was developed in late 2018 to support access and liveability in North Downtown, which includes the Uptown, Belltown, and South Lake Union neighborhoods. The program builds on existing community planning efforts, reviews existing community plans, planned projects, and is closely linked to the redevelopment of the Seattle Center arena. 

Thomas Street Redefined is a community-driven, visionary concept plan for a pedestrian and bicyclist-oriented corridor connecting the Waterfront, Uptown, Seattle Center, South Lake Union, and Eastlake neighborhoods. Thomas Street Redefined consist of two parts: West of Seattle Center (connecting Seattle Center to the Elliott Bay Trail via Thomas St Overpass) and East of Seattle Center (connecting Seattle Center to Eastlake). 

Project Map

Map showing project area: a greenway connecting Seattle Center to the Waterfront via Thomas St and Republican St.

What's a Neighborhood Greenway?

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer neighborhood streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority. Neighborhood greenways provide connections for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike between their homes, jobs, and community destinations.

Neighborhood greenways can include:

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

Funding

This project is identified and funded by the North Downtown Mobility Action Program (NODO MAP).


Schedule

Project timeline showing planning in 2019, design in 2020, and construction in 2021.


*Draft schedule of the project is preliminary. Intent of project completion is to be aligned with anticipated opening of the new arena at Seattle Center.