Bailey Gatzert Elementary Pedestrian Improvements

Updated: January 22, 2019

What’s happening now?

We completed work in December 2018. This project improves pedestrian safety and ADA accessibility, increases visibility for people walking and biking, shortens crossing distances at intersections, and improves awareness of Bailey Gatzert Elementary and school zone speed limits.

We’d like to thank Bailey Gatzert Elementary, staff, parents, residents, businesses and other community members for your patience during construction of this Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) project; this wouldn’t have been possible without your support.

Energization of the new pedestrian lighting will be done by Seattle City Light in 2019.

Project Background

The Bailey Gatzert Elementary Pedestrian Improvements project is located in Central District neighborhood of Seattle. In 2016, the project was one of 12 selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program.

Final Design Concept

In early 2017, we presented an early design concept to the public through field visits, emails, and briefings with community groups. The feedback we received helped inform final design.

Design concept map

Project Elements

  • Installation of a concrete bulb and ADA accessible curb ramps at the intersection of S Washington St and 14th Ave S
  • Better identification of the Bailey Gatzert Elementary school zone
  • Installation of a speed limit sign beacon along 12th Ave S between Boren Ave and E Yesler Way
  • New school sign at Boren Ave and S Main St

Before and after

S Washington Street and 14th Ave S prior to construction.

New street lighting and landscape plantings at S Washington Street and 14th Ave S.

S Washington Street and 14th Ave S prior to construction.

New street lighting and landscape plantings at S Washington Street and 14th Ave S.

New medians at the intersection of S Washington and 14th Ave S near Bailey Gatzert Elementary. (Image 1 of 2)

New medians at the intersection of S Washington and 14th Ave S near Bailey Gatzert Elementary. (Image 2 of 2)

New medians at the intersection of S Washington and 14th Ave S near Bailey Gatzert Elementary.

Project Funding

Funding came from the 2015 voter-approved, nine-year Levy to Move Seattle, which improves safety for all travelers, maintains streets and bridges, and invests in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. The levy includes $24 million to continue the Neighborhood Street Fund program over the nine years.

This project also received funding from SDOT's Safe Routes to School Program, which makes it easier and safer for students to walk and bike around Seattle.

Materials