Beacon Ave S Safety Enhancements

Updated: May 10, 2022

What's happening now?

We are preparing to begin construction for the safety enhancements at the intersection of Beacon Ave S and S Stevens St.

For safety purposes, our work requires that trolley lines are deactivated. To minimize impacts to Metro Route 36, most of our work will take place on the weekends in May and June (with no scheduled work for Memorial Weekend). There may be some paving work happening during weekdays if the specific areas do not require trolley deactivation.

Additional Sidewalk Repair Work

  • There will be additional sidewalk repair work and tree root pruning/removal work beyond the NSF project site limit, which are funded by SDOT Sidewalk Repair program (SSRP).
  • Residents and businesses can contact Stuart.Vitagliano@seattle.gov or call (206) 386-1211 for more details or to answer questions.

Questions about the Beacon Ave S Safety Enhancements project?

Email us at NSF_BeaconAve@seattle.gov or call (206) 733-9361.

Project Overview

In 2019, the Beacon Ave S Safety Enhancements was one of 15 selected projects by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through SDOT's Neighborhood Street Fund Program

Elements

  • Accessible Curb (ADA) Ramps
  • Signals
  • Curb Bulbs
  • Crosswalks

Benefits

  • Flashing beacons are push button activated, giving people walking more control over the crossing by clearly informing oncoming vehicles of their decision to enter the roadway
  • Painted curb bulbs will make it easier for people walking and biking to cross
  • New ADA-compliant curb ramps will improve access
  • Signals and channelization will improve predictability for vehicular users
  • New plants and amenities in the Light Rail Plaza will increase people's sight line into the plaza

Designs

Beacon Ave S and S Lander St

We'd previously made improvements to this intersection, including painting and installing curb bulbs and posts.

This project refreshed the existing paint and posts and added more painted curbs to make crossings shorter and safer.

Beacon Ave S and S Landers St diagram map

Beacon Ave S and S Stevens Street

Improvements at this intersection include:

  • Adding new ADA curb ramps on all four corners of the intersection
  • Building new curb bulbs to make crossings shorter and safer
  • Pedestrian-activated flashing crosswalk beacon
  • Sidewalk and driveway repair
  • Drainage work
  • Painted curb bulbs 

Beacon Ave S and S Stevens Street diagram map

Project Background

This is one of the 15 Neighborhood Street Fund projects requested by neighbors and selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee. Neighborhood Street Fund is a city program, running on 3-year cycles, that enable neighbors to propose and help prioritize transportation-related projects that are then built by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Note: funds not used for this project will be returned to the NSF program budget.

Schedule

The NSF program runs on 3-year cycles to select, design, and build projects, but we had project delays this round with design updates and schedule impacts due to SDOT's work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application phase for the 2019-2021 cycle opened October 2018 and this project will be constructed in 2022.

NSF updated timeline

Phase Timeline
Applications 2018
Community Prioritization and Voting 2019
Design 2020
Construction 2022

Questions?

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