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Pedestrian Safety Improvements: 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place

Last updated: August 3, 2015

Construction Updates

Construction on 3rd Avenue NW completed

Construction of the pedestrian safety improvements at 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place, which started June 15, is now complete. Thank you for your patience during construction.

These new improvements will make it safer for people who walk, bike and drive at this intersection near West Woodland Elementary School.
Now those traveling through this area will find:

  • Curb ramps compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, for smoother and better sidewalk access
  • Curb extensions, for pedestrians and bike riders to have safer, shorter crossings
  • New signage, to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact the NSF Outreach Team at NSF@seattle.gov or 206-733-9361.

Project Description

Crews working for SDOT constructed several safety improvements around the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place. These improvements were financed through our Neighborhood Street Fund program.

Project elements included:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements



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Funding

This project is one of 12 selected by the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee to be completed as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program, funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy that Seattle voters approved in November 2006 and is scheduled to end in 2015. In addition to 50% BTG funding, the other 50% funding for the project came from Safe Routes to School, a program that utilizes engineering and education to encourage students to walk and bike to school.

Schedule

The project reached final design in 2014. Construction began June 15 and was completed July 31.

More information

If you have questions about this or any other NSF project, please contact the project team at NSF@seattle.gov or 206-733-9361.

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