John and Thomas Corridor Crossing Improvements

Updated: March 4, 2019

A Note from the Outreach Team

We completed construction in December 2018. This project improves safety by shortening crossing distances and increasing visibility of people walking and biking at busy intersections throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood. We’d like to thank residents, businesses, commuters and other community members for your patience while we completed this Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) project; this wouldn’t have been possible without your support.

Pedestrian lighting at the intersection of 10th Ave E and E John Street will be installed in the coming weeks by Seattle City Light. Remaining bus shelters will be installed in 2019 and is work being done by King County Metro as part of Route 8 and 10 improvements.

Project Background

The John and Thomas Corridor Crossing Improvements project is located in the Capitol Hill 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.

Final design concept map

Project Elements

At six locations, we reduced crossing distances and increased visibility at intersections for people walking, biking, and driving, new bus stops, and new bus bulbs at some existing transit stops. Project improvements included:

  • E Thomas and 21st Ave E
    • ADA-compliant curb bulbs and sidewalks
  • E Thomas and 20th Ave E
    • ADA-compliant curb bulbs and sidewalks
  • E Thomas and 19th Ave E
    • ADA-compliant curb bulbs and sidewalks, and bus bulbs
  • E Thomas and 16th Ave E
    • ADA-compliant concrete bulbs and sidewalks, bus bulbs and a bus stop
  • E Olive Way and Summit Ave E
    • ADA-compliant curb ramps, a marked crosswalk, bus bulbs and a bus stop
  • E John St and 10th Ave E
    • ADA-compliant curb bulbs and sidewalk, bus bulbs, a bus stop, and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)

Before and after

10th Ave E and E John Street intersection prior to construction.
10th Ave E and E John Street intersection prior to construction.

New sidewalk and painted bus bulb. Bus shelters will be installed in 2019.
New sidewalk and painted bus bulb. Bus shelters will be installed in 2019.

Painted curb bulbs with white plastic posts at 14th Ave and E and E John Street.
Painted curb bulbs with white plastic posts at 14th Ave and E and E John Street.

Concrete bulb and new sidewalk at 21st Ave E and E John Street.
Concrete bulb and new sidewalk at 21st Ave E and E John Street.

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.

Materials