12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project

Updated: December 23, 2020

What's happening now?

We have reached final design and are continuing to reach out to local property owners, businesses, and residents about the project and the changes it will bring to 12th Ave NE, NE 43rd St, Brooklyn Ave NE, and NE 47th St.

The final design includes these elements: repaving, transit improvements, sidewalk work, ADA curb ramps, new bike lanes, watermain upgrades, new trolley infrastructure, and signal improvements. Please see below for further details.

Construction is expected to begin in April 2021 and be completed by September 2021 in time for the opening of the U District Light Rail Station. To receive project updates, please sign up for our listserv.

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 increases 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 route 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 Ave NE to 11th Ave NE. 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: Northbound protected bike lane will be added to the east side of the street from NE 45th St to NE 47th St.  Southbound bikes will share the road with vehicles. 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
  • 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 and providing a layover area for routes serving the U District Light Rail Station
  • Connecting the citywide bike network with new all ages and abilities bike lanes
  • Extending the useful life of the roadway with paving
  • Enhancing pedestrian safety with sidewalk and curb ramp upgrades
  • Replacing old watermains

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

  January 2021

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 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 Public Utilities, King County Metro, and Mercer Megablock funds.