NE 125th Street Pedestrian Safety Enhancements

Updated: December 27, 2019

What’s happening now?

Through the Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Program, the Lake City community proposed to add flashing beacons at three crossings near bus stops along NE 125th St at 28th Ave NE, 33rd Ave NE, and a location west of 15th Ave NE. The project proposal aimed to increase driver awareness of bus riders crossing the arterial. SDOT recommended the project and the Levy Oversight Committee selected it.

As part of the standard design process, SDOT collected additional traffic data and analyzed the street conditions along NE 125th St, including the number of pedestrians crossing NE 125th St, the crossing width for pedestrians, and the speed and volumes of vehicles traveling on NE 125th St. SDOT did this to determine whether the original proposal should be modified in any way. Based on this new data, the original proposal should be modified to prioritize changes at two intersections along NE 125th St: 28th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE, and to not include the third location at this time. At the two locations, we decided that pedestrian-activated traffic signals would better help people cross the street than the originally proposed flashing beacons. Changes west of 15th Ave NE are not being prioritized at this time based on the data. Such changes may be warranted in the future, depending upon traffic data, street conditions, and other factors.

We are currently coordinating design efforts for the NE 125th St Pedestrian Safety Enhancements with other departments and agencies. The new pedestrian-activated signals are planned to be installed along NE 125th St at 28th Ave NE in 2020 and at 33rd Ave NE in 2021. Thank for your patience and cooperation as we work together toward final design and construction.

If you have comments on the project concepts, there are several ways to submit your feedback:

  • Send an email directly to the project email address.
  • Call 206-733-9361. When leaving a voicemail, be sure to state which project you're calling about and whether you'd like a return call from our team.
  • Review project concepts and submit your feedback via a comment form at participating libraries and community centers (click here to find a library or community center near you). Comment forms are available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese.  To request comment forms in other languages or other reasonable accommodations or assistance, please contact us at: NSF@seattle.gov or 206-733-9361

The comment period will be open until January 31, 2020.

Project Overview

Elements

  • New pedestrian-activated signals, painted crosswalks, and accessible pedestrian ramps at the intersections of 28th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE
  • New curb bulb at 28th Ave NE

Benefits

  • Improve the pedestrian crossing experience at 28th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE
  • Enhanced accessibility for people using mobility devices, riding bikes, or pushing strollers
  • Increased visibility of bus riders

Design

28th Ave NE Near Term Concept (2019)

A new painted bulb planned for 28th Ave NE and NE 125th St in 2019

28th Ave NE Full Concept (2020)

A new crossing signal and crosswalk planned for 28th Ave NE and NE 125th St in 2020.

33rd Ave NE Full Concept (2021)

A new traffic signal and crosswalk planned for 33rd Ave NE and NE 125th St in 2021.

Project Schedule

Fall 2019: Share early designs with community and collect feedback
Winter/Spring 2020: Continue project design
Summer/Fall 2020: Install new signalized crossing enhancement at NE 125th St & 28th Ave NE
2021: Install new signalized crossing enhancement at NE 125th St & 33rd Ave NE

Project Background

In 2019, the NE 125th St Pedestrian Safety Enhancements project was one of 15 projects selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Program. The project, located at two intersections along NE 125th St, 28th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE, aims to increase driver awareness and help pedestrians cross the street to access bus stops and other destinations.

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

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If you have questions or need translated materials, please contact us at NSF_NE125@Seattle.gov or 206-773-9361. Thank you.

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