Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Updated: July 20, 2018

What’s happening now?

Join us for free food and games to celebrate the new Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions 2018!

Saturday, August 11 from 12 PM - 4 PM
Rainier Beach Playfield - 8802 Rainier Ave S

In coordination with the Office of Arts & Culture, we commissioned 7 emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway as part of Art Interruptions 2018. Look for the art between Rainier Beach Playfield and Othello Park.

Come to the August 11 event to meet the artists and see their work. We’ll also have…

  • Free food
  • Free face painting
  • Games and prizes
  • Trees for Neighborhoods – apply for free trees
  • Info on making your street a “Play Street”
  • And more!

46th Ave S/S Cloverdale St

  • Crews are finishing concrete work through late July
  • Crews will finish widening the sidewalk along the south side of S Cloverdale St by early August

Throughout the project corridor, crews are almost done painting roadway markings, sealing pre-existing roadway cracks along the greenway route, installing signage, and landscaping areas disturbed during construction. Crews have finished the major improvements at the following intersections. Click on the map image below to view the route map.

  • 31st Ave S/S Bayview St
  • 34th Ave S/S McClellan St
  • 37th Ave S/S Genesee St
  • 39th Ave S/S Graham St
  • S Willow St/44th Ave S
  • S Othello St/45th Ave S
  • Rainier Ave S/S Ferdinand St
  • Renton Ave S/S Orcas St

Project map

What to expect?

  • Work will continue into early summer along the greenway as crews complete remaining work
  • Signage and flaggers may reroute traffic around the work zone
  • Installation of signage and roadway markings
  • Crews will place “No Parking” signs 72 hours prior to beginning construction in any area, if needed

Please also note that on-street parking restrictions in these areas will be temporary and residents will have access to driveways during construction. Because greenway improvements focus on making biking and walking easier, planned improvements will not impact traffic patterns or parking. The project scope will not include any long-term changes to parking.

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Project Overview

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority.

Neighborhood greenways can include:

  • 20 mph speed limit signs
  • Speed humps to calm traffic
  • Stop signs for side streets crossing the greenway signs and pavement markings to help people find their way
  • Easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks,
  • Flashing beacons, or traffic signals

Once built, neighborhood greenways can:

  • Create safe pathways for students to walk to school
  • Strengthen communities around safer streets
  • Create neighborhood placemaking
  • Connect you and your neighbors to popular destinations such as schools, parks, business districts, and the city-wide bicycle network
  • Provide alternative options of getting around your neighborhood by walking or biking

The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles long stretching all the way from Mount Baker to Rainier Beach. The route includes small improvements like crosswalks, curb ramps, speed humps, stop signs, and pavement repairs that go a long way to make walking and biking around the neighborhood easier.

Since 2014, we've been gathering community input on the greenway route to select streets that aren't too steep and connect people to neighborhood destinations like light rail, parks, grocery stores, schools, and more. Visit our neighborhood greenways home page or a language to learn more about neighborhood greenways.

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Schedule

Our anticipated schedule is below, but it may change depending on weather and coordination with nearby projects.

  • Spring/Summer 2017: Filling potholes and patching streets to prepare for microsurfacing
  • Mid-May to mid-July 2017: Tree pruning along whole neighborhood greenway route
  • Mid-August 2017: Microsurfacing work
  • Late summer 2017 to summer 2018: Neighborhood greenway construction
  • 2018: Curb ramps installed along microsurfaced streets

Funding

This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more about the levy.

Materials

Construction Materials (2017-2018)

Design Materials (2015-2017)