Denny Way Paving Project

Paving, sidewalk repair and curb ramps

Updated: February 15, 2024

What's happening now?

We are working on our design and communicating with businesses to better understand construction impacts. We are beginning to reach out to the community with more information as we have reached our 100% design milestone. 

Overview

Seattle’s Denny Way connects Capitol Hill and Interstate 5 to South Lake Union, Downtown and Uptown Seattle as a primary arterial in accessing many of the city’s core neighborhoods to the west, south and north. It is also a major freight route and a part of the City of Seattle’s frequent transit network. In 2024, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will pave approximately 12 blocks of Denny Way to restore the pavement condition in this critical piece of Downtown Seattle’s arterial network. 

Improvements

The Denny Way Paving Project includes:

  • New asphalt paving on Denny Way from approximately 5th Ave to Stewart Ave
  • New asphalt paving on Yale Ave from Denny Way to Howell St
  • Curb ramp and sidewalk improvements    
  • Signal phasing modifications to enhance pedestrian access and safety  
  • "No turn on red" signage and stop bars at every signalized intersection
  • Measures to reinforce existing turn restrictions
  • Bus stop changes to improve transit travel time and reliability  
  • Concrete and paint-and-post curb bulbs at select intersections to shorten crossing distances  

In addition, consistent with our Vision Zero Top-to-Bottom review and Complete Streets process, the project will include the following safety and mobility improvements that align with our project funding and schedule:

  • "No turn on red" signage and stop bars at every signalized intersection
  • Signal phasing modifications to enhance pedestrian access and safety
  • Hardened centerlines reinforcing existing turn restrictions
  • Intermittent sidewalk repair and replacement work
  • Bus stop consolidation to improve transit travel time and reliability

During the design phase, we will continue to look for ways to leverage funding opportunities with adjacent development to implement additional safety enhancements while keeping our project delivery schedule on track.

Project Map

Map showing work on Denny Way from Taylor Ave N to Yale Ave

Timeline

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2024 and finish in early 2025. 

Timeline showing we are half way through the design process

  1. Planning (2022-2023): We collected data and reviewed plans.
  2. Design (2023-2024): We are communicating with stakeholders to inform construction planning.  
  3. Construction (2024-2025): We will construct the project and keep the community informed on the latest construction updates, schedule, and expected impacts. 

Learn More

As a high-traffic, active area with a variety of local businesses, residential buildings, frequent bus routes, large truck deliveries, and people walking, biking, and driving, we are committed to working with project neighbors to best coordinate construction timing and impacts as paving involves heavy construction. We are reaching out to people in the neighborhood in the coming months and we are always interested in meeting with community and neighborhood groups that want to learn more about the project and make their voices heard as we prepare for construction in the meantime. You can request a briefing by emailing, DennyWay@Seattle.gov.

Funding

This project is funded by the nine-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015, with the goal of repaving up to 180 lane-miles of arterial streets by 2024. Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) awarded SDOT $1.45 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) preservation grant funding to complete this project.

Construction Impacts

  • Temporary lane and intersection closures
  • Temporary disruption to some street parking and loading zones
  • Some sidewalk and crosswalk impacts

We're committed to maintaining 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) 257-2243
Email: DennyWay@Seattle.gov

Community Outreach Lead
Darrell Bulmer

Project Manager
Bill Clark

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For information about our work to replace the road surface and make other safety improvements on Denny Way in your language, please call (206) 257-2243

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Project Materials

Project Flyer (November 2023)

Updated: 2/8/2018

Transportation

Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623
684-Road@seattle.gov

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