Safe Routes to School: 18th Ave SW

Updated: May 27, 2020

What's happening now?

 Pre-Construction Timeline Graphic

Project Overview

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. We're making several improvements across Seattle to calm traffic, increase visibility, and reduce the crossing distance at intersections.

This year, SDOT's Safe Routes to School program will build a new sidewalk and planting strip on the east side of 18th Ave SW to connect SW Myrtle St to the Sanislo Elementary playground entrance. We will also install speed humps and a crosswalk across 18th Ave SW at the playground entrance in order to improve walkability and help kids get to Sanislo Elementary School safely.

Project elements:

  • New sidewalks
  • Speed humps
  • Crosswalk
  • Planting strip 

Project Area

18th Ave SW Overview Map
18th Ave SW Overview Map

18th Ave SW Crosswalk Map18th Ave SW Crosswalk Map

Playground at entrance of Sanislo Elementary School, March 202018th Ave SW east of Sanislo Elementary School 

18th Ave SW, March 202018th Ave SW sidewalk

Construction impacts:

  • During construction, you can expect noise, dust, vibration, and large equipment
  • Traffic lanes and sidewalks may be reduced or detoured where necessary
  • Driveways may be temporarily blocked. Businesses and residents will be notified of any driveway closures at least 48 hours in advance
  • SDOT is doing some driveway work as part of this project. If your driveway is affected, we will notify you directly
  • A member of our Real Property Team will contact you if we need you to sign a Temporary Construction Easement (TCE) to complete work near your property


We expect construction to begin as soon as summer 2020. 


This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, which was approved by voters in 2015, as well as our local Safe Routes to School program.

Nearby Projects

Our project team is in close coordination with the following nearby projects:

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