Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections

Updated: October 3, 2018

What’s happening now?

Thank you to the parents, school staff, and neighbors for your patience during our construction. We’re almost done so please hang in there.

We would’ve liked to be completed by now, but unforeseen events, such as the Local 302 strike and manufacturer’s delay, have pushed the construction schedule out. Now that the strike is over, and we have a better picture of when we’ll receive the rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs), our crews are doing what they can to finish construction as soon as possible.

Over the next month or two, crews will be working intermittently at the five locations (listed below) planting, striping the road, and installing bollards. Thank you for your continued support and patience as this project moves forward.

42nd & Conover

  • Grass will be planted in October

38th & Dakota

  • Concrete was completed on August 31. This intersection has been reopened to through traffic
  • Some striping and permanent sign installation will be completed by early October
  • Plantings will occur in October at the start of the rainy season

38th & Angeline

  • Concrete was completed the week of August 31
  • Plantings will occur in October when it rains more

42nd & Snoqualmie

  • Bollards will be installed in September
  • Crews will plant grass in October

Genesee & Cascadie

  • Due to a manufacturing delay, the RRFBs will not be installed until October
  • Plantings will be completed in October when it rains more

What to expect during construction

  • Typical construction hours on weekdays, 7 AM – 5 PM
  • Temporary lane, crosswalk, and sidewalk closures
  • Detours for people walking and biking
  • Possible parking and loading restrictions as crews work near:
    • S Dakota St and 38th Ave S
    • S Conover Way and 42nd Ave S
    • S Snoqualmie St and 42nd Ave S
    • S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S
  • Permanent parking removal along S Angeline St near 38th Ave S and along S Dakota ST near the intersection of 38th Ave S to allow room for the improved pedestrian facilities
  • Increased dust, noise, vibration, and truck activity

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Project Description

We will improve crossings for pedestrian and people biking at five locations in the Mt Baker and Columbia City neighborhoods (see graphic below). These improvements reduce crossing distances and increase visibility at intersections for people walking, biking and driving.

In 2016, the Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections project was one of 12 selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through the SDOT's Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program. The NSF program funds projects requested by the community.

Looking northeast from the southeast corner of the intersection of S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S
Looking northeast from the southeast corner of the intersection of
S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S

Project Elements

  • Adding crossing beacons at the existing marked crosswalk at S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S
  • Constructing curb bulbs either in concrete or with landscaping at the intersections of:
    • S Dakota St and 38th Ave S
    • S Conover Way and 42nd Ave S
    • S Angeline St and 38th Ave S
  • Constructing a missing piece of sidewalk leading from S Snoqualmie St and 42nd Ave S up to the park pathway

The project supports parking restrictions within 20 feet of a pedestrian crossing, improving sight distances.

Final Design Concept

Early Design Concept

Project Benefits

  • Safer pedestrian and bicycle connections in the neighborhood
  • Safer routes to school for students
  • Shorter crossing distances and increased visibility at intersections for people walking, biking and driving

Project Schedule


NSF applications and project selection


Project design


Project construction


NSF applications and project selection (new cycle)


Project Funding

Funding comes from the 2015 voter-approved, nine-year Levy to Move Seattle, which will improve safety for all travelers, maintain streets and bridges, and invest 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 will also receive funding from SDOT's Safe Routes to School Program, which makes it easier and safer for students to walk and bike around Seattle.

Public Outreach and Engagement

We are committed to keeping you informed throughout the life of the project. You can expect outreach to students and parents of Hawthorne Elementary and adjacent project neighbors in 2017. Feel free to contact us at any time.

We'd also like to know:

  • What do you like about the design shown above, so far? Do you have any concerns?
  • Do you have recommendations for how to keep people up-to-date about the project?

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Need a translation?

We are designing and building a transportation project proposed by your neighbors to make it safer for people walking and biking and to strengthen community. To learn more about the project or request translations call 206-451-8191.

Estamos disenando y construyendo un proyecto de transporte propuesto por nuestros vecinos a fin de que sea mas seguro para que las personas caminen y monten bicicleta y asimismo fortalecer a la comunidad. Para obtener mayor informacion acerca del proyecto o para solicitar transporte llamar a: 206-451-8191.

Chúng tôi đang thiết kế và xây dựng một dự án giao thông đề xuất bởi chính những người hàng xóm của quý vị nhằm làm cho việc đi bộ và đi xe đạp trở nên an toàn hơn và cộng đồng vững mạnh hơn. Để tìm hiểu thêm về dự án hoặc yêu cầu các bản dịch, hãy gọi 206-451-8191.

我們正在設計並建造一個由您的鄰居提議的交通計畫,這個計畫旨在改善人們的步行及騎車安全,並強化社區。 如需進一步瞭解這項計畫,或是申請翻譯服務,請撥打 206-451-8191.

我们正在设计并建造一个由您的邻居提议的交通计划,这个计划旨在改善人们的步行及骑车安全,并强化社区。 如需进一步了解这项计划,或是申请翻译服务,请拨打 206-451-8191.

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