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Safe Routes to School: Dearborn Park Elementary

Updated: 04/03/2017

What’s happening now?

As soon as mid-April crews will begin sidewalk construction on the north side of S Orcas St near 25th Ave S and work east towards 32nd Ave S. We expect work to last about 4-5 months, depending on weather. We'll work to reduce the impacts as much as possible. We're committed to keeping the community informed and will share project updates via email.

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What to expect during sidewalk construction:

  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 AM – 5 PM
  • Traffic restrictions on S Orcas St during work hours. Flaggers will help maintain 2-way traffic.
  • Restrictions near the work zone:
    • On-street parking - we will post temporary "No parking" signs at least 72 hours in advance of the start of a restriction
    • Pedestrian and bike detours – please follow posted signs
    • Temporary driveway restrictions – we will notify you individually if you'll be impacted
  • Crews will maintain access to homes and businesses at all times
  • Typical construction noise, dust, and vibration


Contact the project team at or 206-727-3580


Project Summary

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to construct safety and access improvements as early as 2017 near Dearborn Park Elementary along S Orcas St. This Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project also supports programs that educate and encourage kids to walk and bike safely to school.

SDOT is committed to making it safer and easier for kids, families, and neighbors to walk and bike in their neighborhoods. This will help achieve Seattle's Vision Zero to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Please see our project fact sheet for more information.

Project Benefits

Sidewalks, marked crossings, and curb improvements are an important part of a vibrant, interconnected neighborhood. New sidewalks and curb ramps make streets safer and more accessible to people walking, biking, and using strollers, including those with disabilities. Planting strips separate pedestrians from drivers and make using the street more pleasant.

This project will:

  • Improve safety and access on the walking and biking route to school
  • Provide safety education so kids have the skills they need to safely walk and bike to school
  • Encourage more kids to walk and bike safely to school, which will reduce congestion at the school

Project Design

This project will build new sidewalk, curb ramps, and planting strips along north side of S Orcas St from 25th Ave S to 32nd Ave S. Project elements include:

  • New sidewalk on the north side of S Orcas St between the Chief Sealth Trail and 32nd
  • Replacement of some areas of existing sidewalk on the north side of S Orcas St from 25th Ave S to the Chief Sealth Trail
  • New curb ramps where required at pedestrian crossing locations
  • New curb, gutter, and trees within the planting strip, on the north side of S Orcas St from 25th Ave S to 32nd Ave S
  • On-street parking will be maintained along much of the north side of S Orcas St

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We have reached final design and will be moving forward with construction as early as Spring 2017.

As we approach construction, our outreach team will work to raise awareness in the neighborhood and notify community groups and residents of construction timeline, sequencing, and impacts.


The SRTS program is funding project design as well as the education and encouragement programs. Project construction is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more about the levy at


You can contact the project team with any questions using the information at the bottom of this page. If you would like to receive regular updates about this project via email, click this link to sign up.

Emily Reardon
Communications Lead  | 206-727-3580 (project voicemail)

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