North Seattle Sidewalks

December 9, 2019

What's happening now?

Construction started in July 2019 and is ongoing. We are working on 2-3 sites at a time with each site taking approximately 5-6 weeks to complete. Here's the status of each of the sidewalk locations:

NE 95th St, between 1st Ave NE and 5th Ave NE (South side)
Construction on NE 95th will begin as soon as December 17th. After the New Year, we expect some temporary driveway closures to accommodate work. We will send out further information to those who are impacted as it gets closer.

NE 98th St, between 5th Ave NE and 8th Ave NE (South side)
We are continuing construction with pavement demolition and sidewalk pouring. For the duration of this project, the southbound lane of 8th Ave NE will be closed to traffic. The south side of NE 98th St is also closed and traffic is westbound only. Please follow the detour signs.

Greenwood Ave N, between N 97th St and N 104th St (West side)
Construction is nearing completion as crews put the final touches to work. 

Meridian Ave N, between NE 115th St and NE 117th St (East side)
Sidewalk complete and ready for use. Street trees may be planted later in the season.

NE 115th St, between Roosevelt Way NE and 12th Ave NE (North side)
Sidewalk complete and ready for use.

NE 110th St, between 34th Ave NE and 35th Ave NE (North side)
Sidewalk complete and ready for use.

NE 110th St, between NE 40th St and Sand Point Way (South side)
Sidewalk complete and ready for use.

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Project overview

This sidewalk project includes a series of 8 new sidewalks that will be installed in north Seattle as soon as summer/fall 2019. These segments have been identified as priorities for pedestrian improvements within the Safe Routes to School and Sidewalk Development Programs.

Map showing all 8 project sites throughout north Seattle.

The completed work will include:

  • New sidewalks
  • ADA-compliant curb ramps for better accessibility
  • New driveway aprons
  • New parking configurations

Recent Project Updates

December 9, 2019

November 7, 2019

October 21, 2019

October 1, 2019

September 13, 2019

September 3, 2019

August 26, 2019

Natural Drainage Systems

Natural drainage systems (NDS) are a type of green stormwater infrastructure system (GSI) built to capture runoff and filter pollutants. An NDS uses specialized plan species and soils to filter stormwater runoff and pollutants. Plants are selected to help the NDS do its job: clean stormwater and allow it to slowly seep into the ground. 

The images below show an example cross section of the new sidewalk and natural drainage system. The project design may include elements shown in the cross section and varies by location.

What are the benefits of natural drainage systems?

  • To help manage stormwater flows in your neighborhood.
  • To provide street trees, plants, calming traffic, and reduction of flooding in your neighborhood.

What can I expect after construction?

Because natural drainage is built with growing plants, the way they look will change over time, and take up to two years to fully develop. The grasses, shrubs, and trees installed during construction will grow and change as the garden matures.

When natural drainage systems are installed in the City right-of-way, this may result in some loss of on-street parking, change sightlines, or require mailboxes and other elements within the public right-of-way to be moved.

Who will be responsible for the maintenance of the natural drainage system?

Seattle Public Utilities is responsible for the watering, weeding and general upkeep of the natural drainage systems to ensure proper function. Residents are not required to pay for or perform any maintenance. In fact, it is important for residents to stay out of the NDS areas, so they maintain their function.

Example of what a Natural Drainage System with plants would look like.

Graphic showing how Natural Drainage System works.


Construction is expected to begin as soon as July 8, 2019 and will continue for 4-5 months.

Summer 2019

Construction begins

Spring 2019

Pre-construction mailer

Winter 2018

Outreach to schools

Continued work with residents about property impact

Design complete

Fall 2018

Continued work with residents about property impacts

Summer 2018

Mailer to project area

Begin working with residents about property impacts


This project is funded by SPU's NDS Partnering program and the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015.

Levy to Move Seattle logo

Project Library

Fact Sheet - Summer 2018

Postcard Mailer - Spring 2019

Construction Notice - Summer 2019

Contact information

We're committed to keeping you informed throughout construction. Feel free to contact us and be on the lookout for more information.

To stay up to date with project progress, please sign up for our listserv here.

Email us with questions:

Or call:
Christa Dumpys, Communications Lead
(206) 257-2263

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