Safe Routes to School: Lowell-Meany

Updated: January 10, 2020

What’s happening now?

As soon as Wednesday, January 8, we will install accessible curb ramps and speedhumps, trim vegetation, and make pavement repairs at 17th Ave E and E Republican St.

To complete this work safely and efficiently, 17th Ave E and E Republican St will be temporarily closed to through traffic. More information is detailed in the construction notice with work starting as soon as mid-January.

During construction, please expect:

  • Noise, vibrations, and dust during work hours, Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 5 PM
  • Temporary closure to through traffic of E Republican St between the west alley and 17th Ave E. Please follow signed detours when traveling near the work area. 
  • Temporary closure to through traffic on 17th Ave E near the work zone. Please follow signed detours when travelling near the work area. 
  • Signage and flaggers to direct people around the work zone, including temporary detours
  • "No Park" signs placed in work area 72 hours in advance of work starting
  • Equipment and materials in the work area.

Once work is complete at 17th Ave E and E Republican St, we will continue work along E Republican St at 19th Ave E.

We will also be at 15th Ave E and E Harrison St this week to conduct underground surveys for watermain replacement work at this intersection. You may see construction equipment and materials and posted detours during this time. We may be surveying on-site for 1-2 weeks with construction work following shortly after "No Park" signs go up, with work being weather-depenedent. We will notify residents and neighbors before work begins.

We'll continue to post updates via this webpage and our project listserv. 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.

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