Sand Point Way NE

September 2, 2021

What’s happening now?

We completed pouring new concrete for roadway panels at the NE 74th St Park Entrance. The NE 74th St Park Entrance will be open to vehicle traffic this Friday, September 3rd by 5 pm. 

In the coming weeks, crews will continue to wrap up sidewalk improvement work at the NE 74th St Park Entrance. In order to complete this work, we will be maintaining one lane in each direction through the intersection, and when necessary, temporary stops.  Due to this ongoing work it is recommended to continue using 65th Street as an alternate entrance to Magnuson Park.

Metro bus re-routes, temporary stops, and layover area will remain in place until work at the NE 74th St Park Entrance is complete. Temporary crosswalks for pedestrians are available at NE 75th St and NE 77th St. Signage will be available on site. We will be maintaining one travel lane in both directions at all times along Sand Point Way NE.

*Schedules are always subject to change due to supply availability and inclement weather.  

During construction, please expect:

  • Typical construction weekday hours of 7 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday; 8 AM - 4 PM on Saturdays as needed
  • Construction equipment staged in parking stalls or shoulder
  • Temporary disruptions for people walking and to parking along Sand Point Way NE
  • Limited access and temporary disruptions to sidewalks on Sand Point Way NE
  • Construction noise and vibrations during work hours  
  • Reduced lane width, two-way traffic will be maintained
  • Temporary closure or relocation of bus stops
    • Northbound stop:
      • NE 74th St temporarily closed
      • Please use bus stops located at NE 70th or NE 77th St
    • Southbound stops:
      • NE 74th St bus stop closed
      • Please use alternate stops located at NE 70th or NE 77th St
      • NE 77th St bus stop shifted to the north side of the intersection
      • NE 62nd/NE 65th St bus stop closed
      • Please use alternate stops located at NE 70th St or NE 65th St
  • Continued work at NE 74th St Park Entrance
      • Alternate entrance to recreation area provided at NE 65th St
      • One travel lane in each direction on Sand Point Way NE will be maintained
      • Construction timelines and impacts are subject to change.

To stay informed, you can also sign up for our project mailing listwatch our recorded presentation (March 2021), and/or keep checking our website for the latest updates and activities.

Background

Sand Point Way NE is an arterial street in northeast Seattle lined with single and multi-family homes. Sand Point Way connects many activity centers such as, University Village, University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital, Magnuson Park, and runs parallel to the Burke-Gilman Trail. 16,000 vehicles travel on Sand Point Way NE each weekday and many bus routes serve the corridor.

This project was originally identified by a resident in 2016, who submitted a request to fund sidewalk improvements as part of the Your Voice, Your Choice program. This request led to a transportation study completed in 2017. The study and a review of our citywide transportation plans showed that enhancing Sand Point Way NE would improve safety and accessibility for all travelers.

Project Goals

Our primary goals are to enhance safety and mobility along the corridor, so people who live, work, and play along Sand Point Way can have a more comfortable, enjoyable experience. We also plan to improve access to Magnuson Park, and enhance the flow of traffic on Sand Point Way NE.

  • Increase safety and predictability for all travelers
  • Upgrade travel options for those who live, work, and play along Sand Point Way NE
  • Update intersections and enhance pedestrian crossings
  • Enhance access to transportation and recreation for people of all ages and abilities
  • Connect sidewalks to the existing sidewalks, walkways and biking network (Burke-Gilman Trail)

Project Area

Upcoming safety enhancement work includes:

  • New sidewalks between NE 70th St and NE 77th St
  • Reconfiguration of the NE 74th St intersection
  • New marked crosswalk at the NE 77th St intersection
  • New curb bulbs and curb ramps at the NE 70th St intersection

Parking impacts once the project is complete:

  • There will be parallel parking allowed next to the new sidewalk on the east side of Sand Point Way NE from NE 75th St to NE 77th St. 
  • There will not be space for parking on Sand Point Way NE from NE 74th St to NE 75th St. 
  • For the rest of the project area from NE 70th St to NE 74th St, the parking will remain the same with parallel spaces on the east side of Sand Point Way NE.

The image shows the scope of the project, which is along Sand Point Way from NE 70th St to NE 77th St

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NE 74th St Intersection Reconfiguration

Intersection of NE 74th St and Sand Point Way

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Completed Project Elements:

Several safety enhancements were made along Sand Point Way NE since 2019:

  • New curb bulbs and sidewalks at NE 123rd St
  • Removed slip lanes, new pedestrian-activated flashing beacons and intersection layout at NE 95th St
  • New pedestrian-activated flashing beacons at NE NOAA Dr
  • Improved bike connection between the Burke Gilman Trail and The Mountaineers at NE 77th St
  • Speed limit reduction from 40 MPH to 30 MPH between Princeton Ave NE and NE 74th St
  • Improved signal timing for pedestrians at NE 74th St, NE 70th St, NE 65th St, and Princeton Ave NE.

Improvements after work on SPW and NE 95th St, The Mountaineers, NE NOAA Drive, and NE 123rd St

We are working with our Vision Zero and Sidewalk Development programs to make sure future improvements (listed above and shown in the map below) contribute to a safer, more comfortable space for all travelers. 

We will continue to inform neighbors about the status of the project and construction activities along the corridor. Please sign up for our project mailing list and/or keep checking our website for the latest updates. 

Project Outreach*

2016

Community members applied for a Your Voice, Your Choice grant. The grant was used to fund a consultant study suggesting potential improvements for Sand Point Way NE.

2017

On January 25, initial findings from the consultant study were shared at a public meeting.

SDOT reviewed findings from the consultant study.

2018

Initial outreach to inform project priorities and scope

Outreach and design continues through 2018.

2019

Continue outreach and project design.

Completed construction at NE 77th St, NOAA Dr, NE 95th St, and NE 123rd St. 

2021

Continue outreach to inform nearby residents, organizations, and park visitors regarding construction schedule and impacts.

Installed leading pedestrian intervals at four intersections and a new marked crosswalk at NE 77th St.

Begin construction of a new crosswalk at NE 77th St, a new curb bulb at NE 70th St, sidewalks between NE 70th and NE 77th St, and intersection modifications at NE 74th St. 

*Subject to change

Project Funding

The initial study for this project was funded through Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund, a program where community members can apply for small-scale improvements to streets and parks. Learn more about NPSF. In 2017, NPSF transformed into the Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets program.

The project is funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, a 9-year $930 million levy approved by voters in 2015.

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