Melrose Promenade Transportation Improvements


We’re launching a collaborative process to review street possibilities along Melrose Avenue in Capitol Hill, building off the ongoing effort of the Capitol Hill community. In 2010, the community created the Melrose Promenade project, an effort to transform Melrose Avenue from an underutilized freeway frontage road into a vibrant and visually stunning promenade. The project has since been refined through conversations with neighbors, property owners, businesses, local organizations, stakeholder agencies, and online surveys.

Capitol Hill is one of the densest neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region, and continues to grow. The Melrose Promenade will connect residences with major destinations while providing a route that connects to First Hill and Downtown. The corridor includes high-density residential and mixed-use communities, and major employment centers near the south end of the project including medical centers, colleges, and the downtown business district.

Currently, 37% of households in the Melrose Promenade corridor are car-free. Constrained parking supply, the existing density of housing and employment makes owning a car expensive and challenging. This project aims to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections so they are more attractive and convenient.

Together with the community, we’ll determine the specific nature and design elements of the necessary changes. We’ll consider traffic calming, signal modifications, pavement repair, and pedestrian and bicycle safety enhancements. See below for project map and more detail.

Project Area

Project map (click to enlarge)

Melrose Promenade Map

Outreach & Schedule

We’re currently reviewing existing conditions and gathering community input on potential strategies. This spring we’ll develop possible street design concepts for feedback to inform the final design. Design will occur in 2019 and construction is expected to be completed in 2020.


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