15th Ave NE Paving Project

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

Updated: June 23, 2022

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Thank you for your interest in the 15th Ave NE Paving Project. 

We are excited to share that the 15th Ave NE Paving Project is expected to be substantially complete on Monday, June 27!

Crews have been able to complete nearly all the roadway striping over the past two weeks and are planning to wrap up that work on Thursday and Saturday night. We will be finishing some minor, low impact punch list items over the coming weeks, such as filling the remaining planter strips with topsoil, trimming back vegetation and tree limbs, and installing the remaining signage.

King County Metro Routes 45 and 79 will be returning to their regular routes on Monday, June 27. See Metro’s Service Advisory for more details.

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

  • Crews will finish striping the roadway and installing protected bike lanes. This work will occur at night, from 7 PM to 5 AM, to limit traffic and driveway impacts. 
    • Crews will be working throughout the project area (15th Ave NE from NE 55th St to Lake City Way NE) on Thursday and Saturday night
    • Traffic will be routed around the mobile striping operation and no roadway or intersection closures will be in place
    • Expect approximately 5-10 minutes of noise near your home as striping trucks move throughout the project area
  • Punch list items will be completed throughout the project area, including filling planter strips with topsoil, trimming vegetation and tree limbs, and installing signage and signals
  • Equipment and materials will be removed from NE 56th St between 15th Ave NE and the alleyway west of 16th Ave NE

Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout this project as we have worked to make 15th Ave NE safer for all travelers. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our outreach team by emailing 15thNEpaving@seattle.gov, or via phone at (206) 775-8718

    • minutes of noise near your home as striping trucks move throughout the project area 
    • Temporary driveway closures will be required during the striping and installation of bike lanes. We will provide notifications to impacted residents ahead of closures.
  • Completing punch list items throughout the project area, including filling planter strips with topsoil, installing signage, and pouring remaining curb ramps, driveways, and sidewalks
  • Electrical and traffic signal work at the intersections of 15th Ave NE and NE 65th St, NE 75th St, and NE 80th St
  • Equipment and materials will remain in place temporarily on NE 56th St between 15th Ave NE and the alleyway west of 16th Ave NE. Crews will begin clearing out this equipment once striping is complete.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as crews work towards completing the project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our outreach team by emailing 15thNEpaving@seattle.gov, or via phone at (206) 775-8718. We are available to answer your questions and work with crews to address concerns.


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

Crews recently completed work to reverse the direction of NE 68th St and NE 66th St between 12th Ave NE and 15th Ave NE (see map below for more details). These improvements are the product of an ongoing partnership between SDOT, Roosevelt High School, and Seattle Public School System, as well as feedback from local residents and businesses.

Reversing the direction of traffic around Roosevelt High School will allow school buses to load and unload on the curb side of the street, improve access for students with disabilities, reduce bus/bike conflicts on 15th Ave NE, and improve traffic flow and safety. We appreciate the involvement, feedback, and partnerships that made these improvements a reality.

Map of changes around Roosevelt High School

Project 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


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