Lake City Way Corridor Improvement Project

Updated: September 24, 2018

What’s happening now?

The Lake City Way Corridor Improvement Project is in the early design phase. In order to inform design, we're using feedback gathered from the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project Task Force in addition to collision and speed data we've collected. The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project Task Force was a collaborative effort to review street conditions and identify potential ways to make Lake City Way a safer corridor for all modes of travel. You can view their findings in the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor Action Plan located in the materials section at the bottom of this page.

In addition to design, we're working with neighborhood groups and community members in the project area to answer questions and provide information about schedule and design.

Project Update - September 6, 2018

This month, we're hosting two informal public drop-in sessions to provide an opportunity for Seattle residents to ask questions, engage with our project team, and learn more about our proposed improvements. Interpreters will be present to assist non-English speaking individuals with these languages: Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Somali, Chinese (Traditional), Spanish, and Russian. Light refreshments will be provided.

Drop-in Session 1:
The first drop-in session is Monday, September 17 from 6-8 PM at the Faith Lutheran Church (8208 18th Ave NE).

Drop-in Session 2:
The second drop-in session is Tuesday, September 25 from 6-8 PM at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE).

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Project Overview

Lake City Way NE (State Route 522) is one of the busiest arterial routes in Northeast Seattle. The 3.67-mile-long corridor (from I-5 to the city limits at NE 145th St) has seen a high volume of collisions over the years. The roadway facilitates travel to and from the city, supports thriving businesses, hosts frequent transit routes, and functions as “Main Street” for residents in this part of the city.

We’re working closely with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to enhance safety, accessibility, and travel on Lake City Way NE. WSDOT plans to repave the corridor and upgrade ADA curb ramps where necessary, and we will construct spot and intersection improvements to enhance walkability and safety for all travelers.

Project Design

In 2013 we launched a collaborative process with residents, community groups, Seattle Police, State Patrol, Liquor Control Board, Public Health, WSDOT, and the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC), to review street conditions on Lake City Way NE. The collaboration was known as the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project Task Force. As part of this work, we hosted public events, went door-to-door to local businesses, spoke with neighbors, gathered community input, and discussed strategies to improve safety and mobility along the corridor.

We’re using this feedback in addition to collision and speed data to inform where we'll focus our improvements.

Project Map

Project area map

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Outreach & Schedule

We are currently working with neighborhood groups and community members in the project area to answer questions and provide information about project design and schedule.

At this time, we’re in the early project design phase. Project elements will be designed through 2019 and construction is expected to begin with the WSDOT led repaving as soon as 2020.

Project Budget & Funding

This project is a joint effort between WSDOT and SDOT.

WSDOT funding is provided by Washington State and Federal funds.

SDOT funding for spot and intersection improvements is provided by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015.

Materials