Eastlake Layover Facility Mobility Improvements

April 29, 2021

Creating a new bike connection and a safer street

What’s happening now?

We completed design of the south segment, between Roy and Stewart streets, in early 2021. The south segment will be constructed as soon as summer 2021 in partnership with King County Metro's Eastlake Layover Facility.

The north sgement of the project, between Roy St and Fairview Ave N, is currently in the final stage of design. We anticipate construction to begin as early as late summer 2021, in coordination with the completion of the Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement project. Construction is expected to last up to two weekends.

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Project overview

We'll install new protected bike lanes (PBLs) on the east and west sides of Eastlake Ave E between Fairview Ave N and Stewart St. This project is one of several identified in the city-approved Seattle Bicycle Master Plan 2019-2024 Implementation Plan scheduled for completion in the next 5 years. It will provide a critical connection between the city center and north corridors and will enhance rider connections throughout the city.

What is a protected bike lane?

A protected bike lane provides space for bicyclists that is separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks. Protected bike lanes help:

  • Improve safety
  • Calm traffic
  • Increase ridership
  • Maintain transit priority

Project elements:

As part of this project, we will:

  • Install one-way PBLs on the east and west sides of Eastlake Ave E between Fairview Ave N and Stewart St
  • Improve sidewalks and paths for people walking in some places
  • Install bike signals or signage at the intersection of Eastlake Ave E and Roy St

Project Map

Map showing the extent of the project on Eastlake Ave E from Stewart St to Fairview Ave.

Design

The approximately mile long PBLs will be designed and constructed in two segments:

North segment: Fairview Ave N to Roy St

The north segment is currently in the final stage of design. We anticipate construction to begin as early as late summer 2021, in coordination with the completion of the Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement. Construction is expected to last up to two weekends.

Cross section of proposed Phase 2 Eastlake Ave PBLs, looking north.
Cross section of proposed Phase 2 Eastlake Ave PBLs, looking north. Conceptual design subject to change.

South segment: Roy St to Stewart St

Rendering of Eastlake Layover Facility design, looking south from intersection of Eastlake Ave E, Roy St, and Lakeview Blvd.
Eastlake Layover Facility design rendering, looking south from intersection of Eastlake Ave E, Roy St, and Lakeview Blvd. Design is subject to change.

The south segment will be delivered in partnership with King County Metro's Eastlake Layover Facility as soon as summer 2021.

To accommodate the bike lane and bus layover space, on-street parking on the stretch of roadway between Roy and Stewart streets will be:

  • Removed between Roy and Mercer streets
  • Reduced between Mercer and Republican streets
  • Removed between Harrison and Thomas streets
  • Restricted to weekend only between Thomas and John streets

Click here to view a detailed map of the roadway changes. 

Schedule

Project schedule showing design phase from 2019 through fall of 2020 and construction from end of 2020 to end of 2022.

Materials

Project fact sheet (March 2021)