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Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

Last updated: September 14, 2017

Rainier Valley Greenway

What's happening now?

Thank you for providing feedback during the community outreach process for this project. Click here to view the project mailer sent in March 2017 showing the final greenway route (this version is revised with the latest microsurfacing route). We're now finalizing the design and we expect to start construction this summer.

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What are the pavement markings I'm seeing on my street?

We are improving the pavement condition (microsurfacing) on all of the asphalt streets along the neighborhood greenway this summer, before greenway construction begins. The pavement markings are related to this microsurfacing. Before a street can be microsurfaced, our crews repair any structural damage to the street such as potholes and cracks. You can learn more about the microsurfacing process on this website:

Other pedestrian projects in the neighborhood:

SDOT's Safe Routes to School program is planning to build sidewalk improvements in the following locations:

  • New curb along the 46th Ave S between S Kenyon St and S Cloverdale St
  • New curb along S Rose St between Beacon Ave S and 37th Ave S

Project overview

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority.

Neighborhood greenways can include:

  • 20 mph speed limit signs
  • Speed humps to calm traffic
  • Stop signs for side streets crossing the greenway signs and pavement markings to help people find their way
  • Easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks,
  • Flashing beacons, or traffic signals

Once built, neighborhood greenways can:

  • Create safe pathways for students to walk to school
  • Strengthen communities around safer streets
  • Create neighborhood placemaking
  • Connect you and your neighbors to popular destinations such as schools, parks, business districts, and the city-wide bicycle network
  • Provide alternative options of getting around your neighborhood by walking or biking

The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles long stretching all the way from Mount Baker to Rainier Beach. The route includes small improvements like crosswalks, curb ramps, speed humps, stop signs, and pavement repairs that go a long way to make walking and biking around the neighborhood easier.
Since 2014, we've been gathering community input on the greenway route to select streets that aren't too steep and connect people to neighborhood destinations like light rail, parks, grocery stores, schools, and more. Now we are working to finalize the design and we plan to start construction this summer.

Visit our neighborhood greenways home page or a language to learn more about neighborhood greenways.

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Rainier Valley Greenway Map
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Our anticipated schedule is below, but it may change depending on weather and coordination with nearby projects.

  • Spring/Summer 2017: Filling potholes and patching streets to
  • prepare for microsurfacing
  • Mid-May to mid-July 2017: Tree pruning along whole neighborhood
  • greenway route
  • Mid-August 2017: Microsurfacing work
  • Late summer 2017 to spring 2018: Neighborhood greenway construction
  • 2018: Curb ramps installed along microsurfacing streets


This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015.


Final route mailer (March 2017)

Final route north section (July 2017)
Final route center section (July 2017)
Final route south section (July 2017)

Draft most promising route alignment change letter (December 2015)
Draft most promising route alignment change letter (December 2015)
Draft most promising route alignment change letter (December 2015)
Draft most promising route alignment change letter (November 2015)

Open house #2 summary meeting (September 2015)
Hillman City Collaboratory open house #2 presentation (September 2015)
Hillman City Collaboratory open house #2 boards (September 2015)
Open house comment sheet (September 2015)  
North end meeting announcement (September 2015)
Mid-section meeting announcement (September 2015)
Note: *The original version of this flier was updated after it was mailed to reflect the
latest proposed improvements at Rainier Ave S & S Mead St. 
South end meeting announcement (September 2015)
Meeting announcement (July 2015)

Open house presentation (November 2014)
North end meeting announcement (November 2014)
Mid-section meeting announcement (November 2014)
South end meeting announcement (November 2014)


Sara Colling, Community Outreach Lead
(206) 684-8766

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