Safe Routes to School: Lowell-Meany

Updated: June 25, 2019

What’s happening now?

We have completed design and are in the process of selecting a contractor. We hope to have a contractor on-board as soon as mid-July.

In preparation for the coming Lowell-Meany Greenway, we will be repaving the block of E Republic St between 16th Ave E and 17th Ave E. This work will also include installing new curb ramps at the intersection of 16th Ave E & E Republican St and repairing curb and sidewalk near the intersection that have been damaged by uplifted tree roots. Work is anticipated to start in early July and last approximately 6 weeks. You may see crews in the area conducting underground surveying. Crews may be surveying on-site for 1-2 weeks, then return to complete the improvements next month. Construction work will follow shortly after "No Park" signs go up. During construction you can expect:

  • Noise, vibrations, and dust during work hours, Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 5 PM.
  • E Republican St closed between 16th Ave E and 17th Ave E during street repaving. Please follow signed detours whn travelling near the work area. 
  • Sidewalks closed during sidewalk repaving and curb ramp construction. Please follow signed detours and reroutes when travelling near the work area.
  • Parking restrictions near the corners of 16th Ave E & E Republican St during construction of curb ramps and along E Republican St between 16th Ave E and 17th Ave E during street and sidewalk repaving.
  • Equipment and materials in the work area.

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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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