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

May 29, 2014

Miss the open house? Check out the materials below. Thanks to the more than 30 community members who attended our April 23, 2014 open house. Attendees saw the latest design plans, spoke with the project team and shared design input.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to construct pedestrian safety improvements near 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place. These improvements will be completed as part of our Neighborhood Street Fund program and improve pedestrian mobility and safety.

Project elements include:

  • 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 crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb bulbs on the west and east sides of NW 56th Street and 3rd Avenue NW to shorten the length of the pedestrian crossing
  • Replacing the school zone flashing beacons on 3rd Avenue NW to improve their reliability
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits

The goal of these safety improvements is to allow multiple travel modes to function in the area and create safer crossings to the nearby West Woodland Elementary School. The work will include:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

Project Materials


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


Mark your calendars and join us at our April 23 open house at West Woodland Elementary School (5601 4th Avenue NW)! Staff will be available to answer questions and share information about the project between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m.

These improvements are currently in design and the project team expects to finalize design by the end of 2014. Construction will begin and be completed in 2015.

More information


Call Brian Dougherty at 206-684-5124

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