15th Ave NE Paving Project

Paving, protected bike lanes, sidewalk repair, crossing improvements, parking removal.

Updated: October 21, 2020

What’s happening now?

The following construction activities will be taking place in the coming weeks:

  • Potholing to verify locations of underground utilities
  • Grinding and sawcutting
  • Pavement removal for sewer main work
  • Installation of sewer main
  • Waterpipe service renewals

This week, we'll continue to make parking changes in the project area (removal, restrictions, staging of equipment in parking spaces, etc.) 

Work by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) continuing this weekend

SPU Water will be doing waterpipe service renewals on 15th Ave, between NE 58th St and NE 65th St, this Saturday, October 24. Work will take place from 8 AM to 5 PM and requires 10- to 30-minute temporary shutoffs. SPU will provide notification to affected neighbors. Minor roadway, sidewalk, and driveway impacts should be expected.

For questions or concerns related to the water connections work, contact Ron Pimentel at Ron.Pimentel@seattle.gov or (206) 255-4917

Sewer work and water main upgrades

Sewer work between NE 70th St and NE 73rd St, starting as soon as late-October

A new sewer line will be installed between NE 70th St and NE 73rd St with work starting as soon as October 26. Traffic cones will be in place to direct vehicles to the shoulders of the road between NE 73rd St and the halfway point between NE 73rd St and NE 70th St. The work begins with sawcutting and demolition 250 feet north of NE 70th St and will continue northwards towards NE 73rd St. This also includes additional street drainage connections. Homes affected include the following address numbers: 7042, 7036, and 7032 (see map below). 

This work includes digging in the street and sidewalks, removing old piping, reconnecting new piping, and temporarily patching the work area. Advance notification will be provided to impacted neighbors. Roadway, sidewalk, and driveway impacts should be expected during this work.

Map of sewer work

Water main reconstruction between NE 70th St and NE 75th St 

The water main between NE 70th St and NE 75th St will be reconstructed and require temporary shutoffs 4-hours long or overnight (see map below for a list of address numbers affected). This work includes digging in the street and sidewalks, removal of old piping, reconnecting new piping, and temporary patching the work area.

Important note: Water shutoffs will extend beyond the area shown in the image below. SPU will provide advance notification to impacted neighbors. Roadway sidewalk, and driveway impacts should be expected during this work. 

Map showing location of water main work

What to expect during construction

Typical construction hours are weekdays, 7 AM to 5 PM, with occasional weekend and night work. SDOT will coordinate utility work with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), and residents who are affected by significant utility outages will receive advance notification. Other expected construction effects may include:

  • Temporary driveway impacts
  • Noise and vibration
  • Dust and debris
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the work sites
  • Crosswalk and sidewalk closures, and detours for people walking and biking
  • Roadway closures and detours for vehicle traffic  

Minimizing impacts 

We're committed to working closely with project neighbors during construction and will:

  • Be available for questions via our project inbox and construction hotline
  • Provide advance notice about construction through email updates and other promotions
  • Ensure project signage is clear and effective to encourage safety and caution near active work zones


15th Ave NE is a minor arterial serving northeast Seattle. Approximately 10,000 vehicles travel this street on an average day. This corridor connects the University District, Ravenna, and Maple Leaf neighborhoods, and is a major transit street, serving King County Metro routes 71, 73, and 373. This section of 15th Ave NE is home to houses, apartment buildings, businesses, and Roosevelt High School.

As part of our paving program, we'll pave approximately 1.3 miles of 15th Ave NE to make it safer and more comfortable to travel on, and to extend the useful life of the pavement.

A paving project, such as this one, provides opportunities to cost-effectively update street designs to promote safety, build features called for in citywide transportation plans, and coordinate with other projects. They also provide an opportunity for community engagement to ensure feedback is gathered and incorporated into the final design.

Community Engagement

This project is part of our Vision Zero initiative to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Traffic collisions are preventable through smarter street design, targeted enforcement, and thoughtful public engagement. Together, we can make Seattle’s streets safer for everyone. In the last 5 years, 15th Ave NE has had an above-average amount of injuries from collisions.

  • Vehicle volumes: 10,000/average day
  • Vehicle speed: 26.7 MPH (85th percentile speed)
  • Collisions: 143 in 5 years
  • Injuries: 48
  • Fatalities: 1
  • Peak hour parking restrictions: 7-9 AM (southbound) and 4-6 PM (northbound)

Since the summer of 2016, we've shared street design concepts with the community and asked how you get around your neighborhood. We sent mailers, offered an online survey, held an open house, dropped off materials, and visited businesses with door-to-door outreach.

We heard from hundreds of people about transportation safety and we appreciate everyone who took time to talk to us. Your feedback helped shape our design and here's what we heard from you:

  • Concerns about speeding
  • Desire to cross street more easily
  • Interest in using more transit and biking
  • Interest in maintaining parking
  • Discourage cut-through traffic
  • Desire for turn pockets and signals at key intersections
  • Preference for "protected" bike lanes

In addition to taking community feedback, we analyzed traffic and parking data and reviewed freight, transit, bike, and pedestrian master plan recommendations. All these factors informed our designs; therefore, we are adding various safety features to this project. New flashing beacons will be added to the crossings at Roosevelt High School. New protected bike lanes will be introduced, and new exclusive left-turn pockets and signals will improve safety for everyone.

Safety has informed the parking design too, and we are removing parking from one side of the street, while introducing 24/7 parking to the remaining parking spaces so people don’t need to move their cars daily. This project will also include other measures to improve safety and improve all transit options:

  • Sidewalk repair and curb ramp upgrades
  • Removal of peak-hour parking restrictions to make parking available 24/7 on 1 side of the street
  • New protected bike lanes
  • New exclusive left-turn pockets and signals
  • Stormwater drainage improvements
  • Parking removal on 1 side of the street
  • Safe Routes to School and neighborhood greenway crossing improvements at Roosevelt High School

Improvements at Roosevelt High School

Another feature of this project includes roadway changes near Roosevelt High School along NE 68th St and NE 66th St, between 12th Ave NE and 15th Ave NE (see image below). Changes include:

  • NE 68th St
    • Currently: One-way westbound 
    • Changing to: One-way eastbound 
  • NE 66th St
    • Currently: One-way eastbound 
    • Changing to: One-way westbound 

Map of changes around Roosevelt High School

100% Project Map

Paving Map

100% Design Concepts

Design concept cross-sections

The cross sections above are conceptual and not to scale. Actual street widths will vary, and cross sections don't illustrate intersections.


This is our anticipated project timeline for 15th Ave NE paving.

Fall, 2020
Construction began

Spring, 2022
Construction completion

Project schedule

The Three Stages of a Project

  1. Planning
    What we do: Collect traffic data, review plans and gather community experiences to define options.

  2. Design
    What we do: Share updates as more details are known.

  3. Construction
    What we do: Provide construction schedules, expected impacts, and a contact for questions.


This project is part of SDOT's Arterial and Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Paving Program. Design and construction of our paving projects, as well as the safety and mobility improvements shown, are funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, approved by Seattle voters in November 2015. We also seek additional funding through grants, when available. Learn more about the levy.

Project Materials

To view a PDF of project-related materials, please click on the links provided below.

Preconstruction Phase

Design Phase


We're committed to building a productive, inclusive, and collaborative relationship with all who live, work, or travel in the project area. Please contact us with any questions.

Phone: 206-775-8718
Email: 15thNEpaving@seattle.gov

Community Outreach Lead
Darrell Bulmer

Project Manager
Brian Glas

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Updated: 2/8/2018