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Rainier Neighborhood Greenway

Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

December 16, 2014

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Project Description

Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, neighbors and customers. On streets with low car volumes and speeds a greenway can:

  • Improve safety
  • Help people cross busy streets
  • Discourage cut-thru traffic
  • Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
  • Keep speeds low
  • Get people to where they want to go like parks, schools, shops and restaurants

Neighborhood greenways are not car free zones, do not add bike lanes and there are minimal if any on-street parking impacts.

In June and September SDOT hosted public meetings and gathered valuable input on building an east-west neighborhood greenway in Rainier Valley from the John C. Little Sr. Park to Seward Park Avenue S. From the input we received and the evaluation, we recommend a neighborhood greenway on:

  • 37th Avenue S between the Chief Sealth Trail/John C. Little, Sr. Park and S Willow Street
  • S Willow Street between 37th and 46th Avenue S
  • 46th Avenue S between S Willow and S Holly Street
  • S Holly Street between 46th Avenue S and 52nd Ave S
  • S Morgan Street between 52nd and 57th Avenue S to Martha Washington Park

The recommended improvements (shown on the map) include traffic calming, stops signs, wayfinding signs, sharrow pavement markings, reducing the speed limit from 25 MPH to 20 MPH and pavement and sidewalk repairs.

SDOT is working with other city departments and organizations on the possibility of including a recommendation from the Ribbon of Parks Association Report walking path improvements through John C Little Sr. Park.


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Project Funding

This project is locally funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy.

Project Materials

December 2014 Letter Describing Route Changes
September 2014 Open House Presentation
September 2014 Open House Comment Sheet (Due October 15, 2014)
September 2014 Open House Exhibit Boards
September 2014 Open House Announcement
June 2014 Open House Announcement
June 2014 Open House Comment Sheet (Due by June 16, 2014)
June 2014 Open House Presentation
June 2014 Open House Exhibit Boards

Project Contacts

Emily Ehlers, Project Manager at Emily.Ehlers@Seattle.gov or (206) 684-8264

Dawn Schellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison at Dawn.Schellenberg@Seattle.gov or (206) 684-5189

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