25th Ave NE Paving Project

Updated: April 17, 2019

What’s happening now?

Paving on 25th Ave NE is tentatively scheduled to take place at night, the week of April 15, weather permitting. If weather holds, neighbors should see crews and equipment on 25th Ave NE preparing roadway in the late afternoon and then establishing traffic control to maintain a safe work area.

Due to the changing weather conditions, we will be sending an email update a few hours before the road closes once paving is confirmed each night. If you would like to receive updates about paving, including maps of the paving area and detour route, please sign up for updates using the form to the right or click this link.

What to expect during paving work:

  • Access in and out of driveways will be extremely limited
    • If you need to access your car prior to 2 PM on Saturday, please park east of 25th Ave NE, as you will not be able to cross 25th Ave NE
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained
  • On 25th Ave NE, a single lane of traffic southbound will be maintained from 8 PM to 6 AM during paving
    • Northbound travelers will be rerouted to 35th Ave NE
  • Fresh pavement is hot, oily, and extremely sticky. Please keep off new pavement if you are walking, especially with dogs, as the pavement can harm their feet and is difficult to remove from fur. 

Once paving activities are complete, crews will finish other minor repairs remaining, along the project corridor, clearn up the work site, and return later this spring to permanently stripe the roadway. It takes at least 21 days for the road to be ready for permanent striping. Before striping begins, we will send an email with details about what to expect during the work.

We realize the inconvenience this creates and appreciate your patience. Our intention is to protect the roadway and personal property during this work.

For the latest construction updates, see our construction email update archive. If you have any questions, please email the project team at 25thAvePaving@seattle.gov or call 206-733-9050.

Questions about the project?
Email the project team at 25thAvePaving@seattle.gov or call 206-733-9050.

Project Overview

25th Ave NE connects the Ravenna and Roosevelt neighborhoods to many local retail establishments and services. It is also a transit route with service connecting northeast Seattle to the U District, Link light rail, and downtown Seattle.

Each year, we pave arterial streets in poor condition to make them safer, smoother, and to extend their useful life. We prioritize paving projects based on pavement condition, traffic volume, geographic equity, cost, and opportunities for grants or coordination with other projects in the area. Paving streets also creates opportunities to improve street safety and move people and goods more efficiently in a growing Seattle.

Read more about our current paving projects.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to repave approximately 1.25 miles of 25th Ave NE between Montlake Boulevard NE and NE 65th St (see map below). Repaving will make the street more comfortable to drive on and extend its useful life. This maintenance work does not preclude us from returning later to make additional improvements to 25th Ave NE.

As part of the repaving, crews will use a construction technique called "mill and overlay" to grind off the top two inches of existing road surface, make any needed repairs to the road base below, and then repave with new asphalt and repaint the lane striping. This work is expected to extend the life of the street for another 10-12 years and will provide a smoother driving experience.

The project will also:

  • Upgrade curb ramps: In select locations, we will upgrade curb ramps in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Make minor drainage system upgrades: These upgrades will help remove stormwater from the road
  • Replace traffic sensors: These sensors, also known as "traffic detention loops" help control the traffic signals at intersections
  • Make bus stop improvements: We are working with King County Metro to improve the sidewalk at several bus stops and install a new shelter at NE Blakely St

Our team is coordinating with other nearby projects that will be in construction at the same time, including the 35th Ave NE Paving Project and the NE 65th St Vision Zero Project (see links below). We will also coordinate with the University of Washington to ensure construction activities do not occur on game days.

Project overview map


2016 Initial design
Summer 2017 Updated design
Spring 2018 Final design
Summer 2018 Pre-construction begins
Fall 2018 Construction begins
Spring 2019 Major construction activities complete


Total project budget: $5.7 million

Funding sources:

  • Move Seattle Levy
  • Federal Highway Administration grant

Contact Information

We're committed to keeping you informed and working with neighbors to limit construction impacts as much as reasonably feasible. Please contact us with any questions.

Phone: 206-733-9050
Email: 25thAvePaving@seattle.gov

Community Outreach Lead
Emily Reardon

Project Manager
Brian Glas


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