Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St Intersection And Sidewalk Project

March 2019

What's happening now?

After talking with neighbors and businesses about intersection reconfiguration options, we are continuing work on a design that includes new traffic signals, a new median island, and turn restrictions to eliminate conflict areas, provide a safe crossing for people biking and walking, and improve traffic flow.

Design for the intersection reconfiguration has not yet been finalized and we plan to work with the community to gather additional feedback as we move forward with design. 

Project Overview

We've been working with the Pinehurst neighborhood to redesign the intersection at Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St. As a project identified by the community through the Your Voice, Your Choice program, our goals are to enhance safety and mobility while improving access to Hazel Wolf K-8 School. 

Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St contains two north-south arterials (Pinehurst Way NE and 15th Ave NE) crossed by an east-west non-arterial (NE 117th St), creating a complex junction of three intersections. The intersection has multiple visibility, channelization, and crossing challenges for people walking, biking, and driving. NE 117th St is also a future neighborhood greenway route that will connect people walking and biking between Olympic Hills, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf, Hazel Wolf K-8 nearby, and the future Northgate Link light rail station. 

In addition to the intersection reconfiguration, we are planning to further improve walking routes to Hazel Wolf K-8 with a new sidewalk on the south side of NE 117th St between Roosevelt Way NE and 12th Ave NE. 

Project Background

Upgrades to Pinehurst Way NE and NE 117th St were first proposed by Hazel Wolf K-8 School and neighborhood residents. Following a successful Your Voice, Your Choice application to design improvements at this intersection, we studied traffic data at this location, which showed a pattern of collisions that could be resolved through a redesign of the intersection. We prioritize these "high collision locations" and put resources toward improving them as soon as possible. Improvements for all modes at this intersection provides a more convenient walking and biking connection to Hazel Wolf K-8 and a connection along the future Pinehurst Neighborhood Greenway.

Project Elements

  • Install new traffic signals to improve pedestrian and bike crossings and improve traffic flow on Pinehurst Way NE and 15th Ave NE
  • Re-configure intersection layout, install marked crosswalks and medians to provide safe and comfortable crossings
  • Restrict turning movements to reduce congestion and potential conflicts
  • Create a connection for the future Pinehurst Neighborhood Greenway and the future Northgate Link light rail station
  • Construct a new block of sidewalk on the south side of NE 117th St between Roosevelt Way NE and 12th Ave NE
  • Reduce the number of collisions
  • Increase safety and predictability for all travelers

Project Area

NE 117th and Pinehurst intersection existing condition
Current condition at intersection of NE 117th St and Pinehurst Way NE.

Proposed improvements at NE 117th St and Pinehurst Way
Proposed improvements at intersection of NE 117th St and Pinehurst Way NE. 

Schedule

We will be designing the improvements and continuing project outreach throughout 2019. Construction is planned to start as soon as mid-2020.

Funding

This project is funded by a WSDOT Safe Routes to School grant and the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more about the levy at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle.

Materials

Project Factsheet (February 2019)

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Spanish (Español)

Chinese (中文)

Pinehurst Safe Routes to School Presentation to Pinehurst Community Council (March 2018)

Your Voice, Your Choice Mailer (January 2018)