Safe Routes to School: Lowell-Meany

Updated: February 28, 2019

What’s happening now?

We are continuing work on design. We are also coordinating with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to prepare the installation of a new water main as part of the improvements at E Harrison St and 15th Ave E. The water main improvements are designed to provide a more resilient drinking water system. To complete the work, water outages must occur and will be coordinated with affected residents, businesses, and property owners in advance. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the water main work, check out the Water Shutdown FAQ.

We sent out a mailer of the coming improvements in early October (see below in Project Library). We expect to have a contractor on board as early as spring 2019 and begin construction as early as summer 2019. We’ll continue to post updates here on the webpage, as well as send updates via the project email as we get closer to construction.

This spring, we will update this webpage with information about what to expect during the water main work and overall construction. We'll continue to post updates here on the webpage, as well as send updates via the project email as we get closer to construction. Sign up for email updates.

Project Overview

This Safe Routes to School project will make it safer and easier for kids to walk and bike to school between Lowell Elementary and Meany Middle School. We are currently designing the project, and construction is expected as early as summer 2019. We are making several improvements to calm traffic, increase visibility, and reduce the crossing distance at intersections:

  • Curb ramps and some curb bulbs along the route to improve accessibility and safety at crosswalks and intersections
  • Traffic calming measures like speed humps along E Republican St
  • Crosswalk improvements, like crosswalk striping, and sensors at:
    • 12th Ave E/E Harrison St
    • 12th Ave E/E Roy St
    • 15th Ave E/E Republican St (see graphic below)
    • 19th Ave E/E Republican St
  • Flashing crosswalk beacons at:
    • E Harrison St/15th Ave E
    • E Harrison St/12th Ave E
    • E Republican St/19th Ave E
    • E Roy St/12th Ave E
  • Crossing improvements at 15th Ave E/E Harrison St

15th and Harrison

Planned improvements map
Planned improvements at 15th Ave E and E Republican St

All greenways include stop bars and stop signs along the route. Please note that all non-arterial streets that approach the Lowell-Meany route will include a 2-way stop.

Example of sign changes diagram
Example of sign changes. 13th Ave E and E Mercer St

Example of new stop signs diagram
Example of new stop signs: 16th Ave E and E Republican St

Similar projects are being constructed at 31 Seattle schools this year. Projects include new crosswalks, new sidewalks, new signals, and traffic calming on the walking routes to school.

Selected Route

Selected route map

Schedule

Design reached 60% in Fall 2018.

Construction may begin as early as Summer 2019.

Funding

This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Additional funding comes from a Washington State Department of Transportation grant and our local Safe Routes to School program.

Project Library

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