NE 65th Street Pedestrian Safety Enhancements

Updated: May 28, 2021

What's happening now?

We completed design and we're on track to build this community-requested project this year.  Thank you to all who participated in the community prioritization process for this Neighborhood Street Fund project! 

We expect construction to start as soon as spring of 2021.

Typical construction hours are weekdays, 7 AM to 5 PM, with occasional weekend and night work. Other expected construction effects:

  • Noise and vibration
  • Street and/or lane closures
  • Dust and debris
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the work sites
  • Crosswalk and sidewalk closures, and detours for people walking and biking

Project Overview

This is one of 15 Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) 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 enables neighbors to propose and help prioritize transportation-related projects that are then built by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). 

This project builds off of the safety and traffic improvements completed under the NE 65t Street Vision Zero Project in spring 2019. The original NSF project included crossing improvements at 4 intersections: Brookyln Ave NE, 14th Ave NE, 21st Ave NE, and 28th Ave NE. After further review, we will implement improvements at 3 locations: Brooklyn Ave NE, 14th Ave NE, and 28th Ave NE. The Northgate and Roosevelt Link light rails stations will open in 2021. These crossing locations will support access to these new and existing transit connections along NE 65th St.

Elements

  • Flashing beacons and marked crosswalks at Brooklyn Ave NE, 14th Ave NE, and 28th Ave NE
  • New curb ramps at 28th Ave NE


Benefits

  • Provides a safer, more comfortable, and more accessible route for walking and rolling across NE 65th St for students and pedestrians
  • Improve crossing awareness and expectation for drivers.
  • Meet current and future demands for future development at crossing locations
  • Encourages slower vehicle speeds near commercial, residential, and high pedestrian usage streets
  • Increases convenience by minimizing out-of-direction travel
  • Connects people walking or rolling to transit, businesses, and community destinations

Design

The images below show the before and after images of the changes to be made on NE 65th St between Brooklyn Ave NE and 14th Ave NE.

NE 65th Before

NE 65th After

The images below show the before and after images of the changes to be made on NE 65th St at 28th Ave NE.

NE 65th St Before

Changes at NE 65th St and 28th Ave NE

Schedule

The NSF program runs on 3-year cycles to select, design, and build projects. The application phase for the 2019-2021 cycle opened October 2018 and projects will be constructed in 2021.

Project timeline

PhaseTimeline
Applications 2018
Community Prioritization and Voting 2019
Design 2020
Construction 2021

Project Background

NE 65th St is an arterial that moves people and goods throughout northeast Seattle. The street supports a diverse collection of retail shopping, restaurants, schools, parks, and activity centers. This area will also be the future home for The Roosevelt Link Light Rail station, which will bring additional activity to the street in 2021.

The project, located at NE 65th St and Brooklyn Ave NE / 14th Ave NE / 17th Ave NE or 18th Ave NE / 21st Ave NE / 28th Ave NE are currently unmarked crosswalks. These areas experience many pedestrian crossings, from high school students walking to and from school and users accessing bus stops, parks, and businesses on the opposite side of the street. The crossing demand is anticipated to increase with continued development of the Roosevelt neighborhood.

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

Questions?

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