Safe Routes to School: 18th Ave SW

Updated: December 29, 2020

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Project Timeline Construction Wrap-up

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've made several improvements across Seattle to calm traffic, increase visibility, and reduce the crossing distance at intersections.

In November and December 2020, SDOT's Safe Routes to School program made improvements on the east side of 18th Ave SW to connect SW Myrtle St to the Sanislo Elementary playground entrance. This project includes a new sidewalk and planting strip, curb ramps, speed humps, a crosswalk, and updated signage. (The crosswalk will be painted on when weather allows.) Through these improvements, we're working to improve walkability and help kids get to Sanislo Elementary safely.

Project Area

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

18th Ave SW Crosswalk Map
18th 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


These improvements are scheduled to be complete by late fall 2020. Construction schedules are subject to change. Subscribe to our email list to receive updates


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.

Get Involved

Here are some ways to get more information about the project:

Sign up for project emails here. 

Request a briefing for your organization or business (contact us via email or phone). 

Review project materials.

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