12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project

Updated: September 28, 2020

What's happening now?

We are in the final design process and reaching out to local property owners, businesses, and residents about the project and proposed changes.

Project Overview

The project area, along NE 43rd St from Brooklyn Ave NE to 11th Ave NE, and along 12th Ave NE from  NE 43rd St to NE 45th St, is in the University District, near the new U District Light Rail Station currently under construction. With the new Link Light Rail station at NE 43rd St and Brooklyn Ave NE set to open in fall 2021, assessments of the roadway were completed and noted that the pavement structure along NE 43rd St and 12th Ave NE would not be able to support the planned re-routes and increased in bus volumes. The 12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project will reconstruct the roadway with full-depth concrete pavement to support new bus travel in the area. The project will reach completion in the fall of 2021 to coincide with the opening of the U District Light Rail station and the start of the Metro-led North Link Connections Mobility Project bus restructure.  
 

Project Area

The project area, along NE 43rd St from Brooklyn Ave NE to 11th Ave  NE, and along 12th Ave NE from NE 43rd St to NE 45th St, is in University District, near the new U District Light Rail Station currently under construction.

Map of project area
12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project area outlined in purple

Project Elements

This project will include the following improvements:

Repaving

  • 12th Ave NE
    • Half street full depth concrete paving on the east side of the street between NE 43rd St and NE 45th St, mill and overlay on the west side of the street 
  • NE 43rd St
    • Half street full depth concrete paving on north side of street between Brooklyn Ave NE and 12th Ave NE , mill and overlay on south side of the street

Transit

  • Add northbound bus layover on east side of 12th Ave NE 
  • Coordination with King County Metro to construct trolley infrastructure for trolley routes

Sidewalk and Ramp Construction

  • Curb ramps within the project area that are not ADA compliant will be replaced
  • Some sidewalks on 12th Ave NE and the north side of NE 43rd St will be replaced
  • Sidewalks on south side of NE 43rd St will not be replaced

Bike Lanes

  • NE 43rd St: One-way protected bike lanes on each side of the street will be added from Brooklyn to 11th Ave. Due to limited roadway width, parking will be removed and loading zones will be relocated to accommodate this additional mode of travel.
  • Brooklyn Ave NE: Two-way protected bike lane will be added to the east side  of the street from NE 45th St to NE 47th St.  Parking/loading will be removed on the east side of the street and maintained on the west side. 
  • NE 47th St: Protected bike lanes will be added on both sides of the street from Brooklyn to 12th Ave NE.  As a result, parking/loading will be removed on both sides of the street.  

Signals and Operations

  • 12th Ave NE and NE 45th St: No changes to existing signal operations
  • Brooklyn Ave NE and NE 45th St: Pedestrian/bike phase will be added
  • 12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St: All way stop to remain 

Project Benefits

  • Providing adequate roadway structure for the anticipated bus volumes that will be rerouted onto NE 43rd St and 12th Ave NE
  • Expanding Metro trolley infrastructure
  • Connecting the citywide bike network with new bike lanes
  • Extending the useful life of the roadway with paving
  • Enhanced pedestrian safety with sidewalk and curb ramp upgrades

Other Nearby Projects

NE 43rd St Improvements Project

Route 44 Transit Plus Multimodal Corridor Project 

Sound Transit U District Link Light Rail Station

Metro's North Link Connections Mobility Project

RapidRide J Line (Roosevelt RapidRide Project)

Schedule

  Date

  Milestone

 August 2020

  60% design

  October 2020

  90% design

  November 2020

  100% design

 Spring 2021

  Construction begins

  Fall 2021

  Construction complete

Materials

July mailer

Funding

This project is funded by the Move Seattle Levy, which was approved by voters in 2015, and Seattle Transportation Benefit District, which was approved by voters in 2014.