South Ballard Corridor Safety Improvements Project
The South Ballard Corridor Safety Improvements Project addresses longstanding pedestrian and cyclist safety concerns. City records show there were 45 bicycle crashes that were responded to on Northwest 45th Street alone, between 11th Avenue and Shilshole Avenue NW, in a four year period (2008-2011). That location, part of the Burke-Gilman Trail "Missing Link," is one of the highest bicycle collision locations in the city.
Local transportation dollars are funding the improvements, some of which were called for in a 2002 South Ballard Transportation Corridor Study done by Heffron Transportation, Inc.
An initial plan called for restriping to create bicycle advisory lanes along NW 45th Street (between 11th Ave NW and Shilshole Ave NW) and Shilshole Ave NW (between NW 45th ST and NW 46th ST). That plan was updated with input from area businesses. The current plan is to restripe and sign Shilshole Ave NW/NW 45th Street, between NW 46th Street and 11th Avenue NW, making it one-way eastbound for motor vehicles with a separate two-way bicycle lane to the north and all-way stops at both 14th Avenue NW at NW 45th Street and NW 46th Street, as shown below.
Other safety improvements made recently include:
Remaining planned improvements include:Work to install a curb ramp at 24th Ave NW and repair the roadway shoulder along Shilshole Ave NW is not scheduled for this year. Construction schedule is yet to be determined.
The South Ballard Corridor Safety Improvements Project has several benefits, including clarifying roadway operations for all users. Overall the benefits are: