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Seattles Shoreline Street Ends Program

2014-2015 Street Ends Project

SDOT selected the following street end sites in 2014 for improvement. Over the next year, SDOT will design and construct small public access and habitat improvements at each of these sites.

  • S Willow Street
  • 51st Street NE
  • Eastlake Avenue NE
  • E Allison Street
  • 1st Avenue Bridge (E)
  • 1st Avenue Bridge (W)
  • 5th Avenue S
  • 6th Avenue W
  • S Warsaw Street

You can learn more about these sites here.

SDOT has just hired an artist to design new signage, site amenities, and art installations at a number of sites.  More information about the scope of his work and his background can be found here.

11th Avenue NW Street End Project

SDOT is working in partnership with the University of Washington to improve 11th Ave NW.  A landscape architecture studio, comprised of 25 undergraduate and graduate students, will design and then construct public access and habitat improvements over the span of two quarters (from January 5th – June 5th).

Program overview

Lake Washington, Lake Union, Puget Sound, and other waterways offer Seattle residents more than 200 miles of magnificent shoreline.  While much of it is private or park land, 149 public streets in Seattle end on waterfronts.  These “shoreline street ends” are precious community assets designated by the City of Seattle (City Resolution 29370, adopted in September 1996) as special rights-of-way that should be preserved and improved for public use.  View map of shoreline street ends.

Though some street ends have been improved for public use, nearly two-thirds are unmarked, overgrown, or have private encroachments. Partnering with local residents and community groups, SDOT intends to improve these hidden spots so as to provide the public with increased waterfront access and enjoyment.

Guided by the policy that public access allows the highest and best use of these sites, SDOT’s Shoreline Street Ends Program manages the process for improving a shoreline street end and, in some cases, permitting of private uses.  SDOT Director's Rule #00-1 lays out city guidelines for this program.

28th Avenue NW Street End Project

SDOT has completed the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review for the 28th Avenue NW Street End Project. Based on the SEPA Checklist, SDOT determined that the project would not result in probable significant adverse impacts on the environment. The SEPA Checklist and Determination of Non-Significance can be viewed here.

Seattle Shoreline Street Ends Work Plan

In 2008, SDOT conducted an extensive review of its Shoreline Street Ends Program and, in consultation with Friends of Street Ends (FOSE), drafted a work plan to help SDOT achieve the following goals:

  • Improve shoreline access and enjoyment
  • Protect views & enhance shoreline habitat
  • Encourage community stewardship
  • Support maritime industry
  • Manage private permits

View the Shoreline Street Ends Program fact sheet

Take Action & Get Involved

Street end improvements cannot be realized without your help. To find out how you can get involved, please contact:

Shannon Glass at or 206-733-9970

Program Goals

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