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Seattles Shoreline Street Ends 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.


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 developed 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.

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:

Jennifer Wieland at or 206-733-9970

Program Goals

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