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NE Northlake Way Sidewalk Project

Last updated: April 6, 2017

Construction scheduled to begin as early as April 10, 2017
As early as April 10, 2017, crews will begin sidewalk construction on the northside of NE Northlake Way between 7th Ave NE and Eastlake Place NE and on the southside of NE Northlake Way between 8th Ave NE and Eastlake Place NE. We expect the work to last 10-12 weeks, depending on the weather, and will work to reduce impacts as much as possible.

We’re committed to keeping the community informed and will share more information on construction as it becomes available. Email is the best way to stay up to date on construction schedule and progress: click this link to sign up for project email updates.

What to expect during construction:

  • Typical weekday work hours, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Traffic restrictions including temporary lane restrictions on NE Northlake Way during work hours. Flaggers will help maintain 2-way traffic.
  • Restrictions near the work zone:
    • On-street parking
    • 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 206-684-4747.
Thanks for your patience while we improve walkability in Seattle!

Project Description

New sidewalk is coming to Northlake! This project will:

  • add 2 blocks of new sidewalk on the north side of NE Northlake Way between 7th Ave NE and Eastlake Ave NE and 1 block on the south side of NE Northlake Way, between 7th Ave NE and Eastlake Ave NE
  • build new sidewalk corners and curb ramps at the intersections of NE Northlake Way and 7th Ave NE, 8th Ave NE, and Eastlake Ave NE
  • extend the westbound bike lane to 7th Ave NE; the bike lane begins on NE Pacific St but currently ends at 8th Ave NE
  • conserve on-street parking on the north side of NE Northlake Way, as parallel parking instead of back-in parking

NE Northlake Way is a major arterial and major truck street that currently lacks sidewalks in the project area. This area of NE Northlake Way is home to a small business district including maritime businesses, service shops, and restaurants. This sidewalk is a high priority in SDOT’s pedestrian Master Plan and will connect NE Northlake Way with existing sidewalk on NE Pacific St and the sidewalk network near the University of Washington campus.


Sidewalks are the building blocks of our pedestrian network and were adding to this network, one block at a time. They create a safer, more accessible, and more comfortable environment for people walking. Sidewalks create a designated walking space, which helps improve safety and predictability for all travelers.

Project Map


Date Action
Summer 2014 Early project design began
Winter 2015 Project put on hold to secure construction funding
Winter 2016 Final design
March 2017 Construction


This project is funded through SDOTs Sidewalk Development Program, with funds from the Levy to Move Seattle. Approved by voter in 2015, the 9-year $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city, Learn more about the levy at


Sidewalks often mark the boundary between private property and the public right of way so building new sidewalk requires extensive coordination with adjacent properties. We’ve worked closely with property owners and residents in the project area throughout the project’s design. As we approach construction, our outreach team will provide notification of construction impacts, schedule, and sequencing.

Questions or Comments?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the outreach team by emailing or by calling (206) 684-4747. If you would like to receive email updates on this project, click this link to sign up.


Project fact sheet

More Information

Rachel McCaffrey
Community Outreach Lead

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