Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements

Updated: November 12, 2019

What’s happening now?

Intersection Closure

From Friday, November 15 at 9 AM through Sunday, November 17 at 10 PM, we will partially close the intersection at 50th and Meridian Ave N to repair and repave the intersection.

As a person driving, you will be able to drive eastbound and westbound through the intersection on N 50th St, but the intersection will be closed to all northbound and southbound traffic on Meridian Ave N. We're completing this work over the weekend to minimize construction impacts and to be as efficient as possible. Please note that this work is weather dependent. If there are delays due to weather, we will postpone the intersection work to the following weekend of Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24.

Please expect:

  • Noise and vibrations: You can expect noise as we break up the concrete, load concrete into trucks and pave the road. We will have a noise variance to complete this work but after 10 PM, loud impact equipment, like jackhammers are not permitted. 
  • Lane closures: You can generally anticipate one lane to be open in each direction on N 50th St as crews work throughout the weekend. Periodically, you can expect one lane to be open with a flagger to rotate traffic in one direction at a time. Please expect delays as you are driving through the area. 
  • Detour for buses: The King County Metro Route 62 bus station at Meridian Ave N and N 50th St will be closed and the bus route will be detoured from Friday, November 15 at 5 PM to Sunday, November 17 at 7 PM. Please check Metro's online rider alerts and posters by the bus stop for the most up-to-date information.
  • Detour for people driving: Please look for detour signs near the construction work area for detour routes.
  • Detours for people walking: People walking will be detoured one block north and south of the intersection. Please follow signs that direct you around the intersection during the closure.
  • "No parking" signs: To leave adequate space for King County Metro buses to detour during the closure, we will have "no parking" signs on N 51st St between Meridian Ave N and Keystone Pl N and on Keystone Pl N between N 51st St and N 50th St. Please follow the details listed on each sign.

For the most recent updates on construction for the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements project, please check our construction email update archive. You can also check out our online open house for more details about our schedule and progress as we move through construction.

Design update:

For cost savings and efficiency, the rapid flashing beacons planned for N 50th St at Dayton Ave N and Woodland Park Ave N will be constructed and installed at a later time by SDOT crews. It is currently anticipated that they will be installed in 2022. 

Stay Informed

While we will continue to share more information on our project website, be sure to sign up for email updates to receive the most up-to-date information regarding construction in the area.

You can also read our updated Frequently Asked Questions document for our answers to commonly asked questions about the project.

Questions about the project?

Email the project team at GreenLakePaving@seattle.gov or call 206-693-4151.

Project Overview

Green Lake Paving Project area map

Beginning on July 29th, 2019, we’ll repave and update lane layouts in the Green Lake and Wallingford communities to create safer places for everyone — whether you're walking, biking, taking transit, or driving. Paving projects create opportunities to update street design, which can improve safety and move people and goods more efficiently in a growing Seattle.

We’ll be making improvements to the following streets:

  • N 40th St: Stone Way to Latona Ave NE
  • N 50th St: Phinney Ave to Roosevelt Way
  • Green Lake Loop: Green Lake Dr and Green Lake Way along the east side of the lake, Stone Way to 45th
  • N 80th St: Aurora Ave to I-5

On many streets, we’ve developed new lane layouts and redesigned intersections. New street elements will include:

  • More than 6 miles of repaved streets
  • More than 500 new or upgraded curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines
  • Nearly 4 miles of new, enhanced, or upgraded bike lanes, including:
    • Protected bike lanes along Green Lake Dr and Green Lake Way on the east side of the lake, continuing on Stone Way to 46th
    • Enhanced crossings for people biking on Latona Ave NE at N 40th St and NE Pacific St
    • Enhanced bike lanes on N 50th west of Stone Way N
  • Improvements at many intersections, including new signals at select locations
  • Sidewalk repair and replacement in select locations
  • Bus stop relocations and consolidations for better transit speed and reliability

Below is an overview of the changes being made along specific segments of the full project area.

N 40th St: Stone Way to Latona Ave NE

  • More than 100 upgraded or new curb ramps
  • Sidewalk repair near bus shelters, near people's homes, and at key intersections
  • Rapid flashing beacons at Bagley Ave N and 2nd Ave NE to improve visibility for people walking
  • Enhanced bike crossings on Latona Ave NE at N 40th St and NE Pacific St
  • Maintenance of street trees, except wherever necessary for sidewalk repair

To learn more, read our updated N 40th St fact sheet, view our final design map of N 40th St, and attend our online open house.

N 50th St: Phinney Ave N to Roosevelt Way NE

  • Wider bike lanes between Phinney Ave N and Stone Way N to improve comfort and safety for people biking
  • Clearer striping of the bike lanes to clearly separate people driving and biking, as well as parked cars
  • Keeping on-street parking
  • More than 170 upgraded or new curb ramps
  • Adding rapid flashing beacons at the intersections of N 50th St with Dayton Ave N and Woodland Park Ave N to improve safety and visibility for people walking
  • Still in design - Improvements to the N 50th St, Stone Way N, and E Green Lake Way N intersection that fall within the project's scope and budget

To learn more, read our updated N 50th St fact sheetview our final design map of N 50th St, and attend our online open house.

Green Lake Loop

  • Building a 2-way protected bike lane around the Lake, which will transition to 1-way bike lanes at the intersection of W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N (near the Pitch and Putt) and extend to N 46th St
  • Improving the intersection of W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N (near the Pitch and Putt), which includes adding a new signal that will improve wait times by over 2.5 minutes
  • Making the intersection of NE Ravenna Blvd, NE 71st St, and E Green Lake Way N more predictable. We'll "square up" the intersection as much as possible by adding curb bulbs and widening the west-side sidewalks. We're also adding a rapid flashing beacon one block south of the intersection to improve safety for people crossing
  • Parking removal on the east side of Stone Way N between N 45th St and N 50th St, as well as at key intersections around the lake to accommodate new lane layouts
  • More than 180 upgraded or new curb ramps

To learn more, read our Green Lake Loop fact sheet, view our final design map of the Green Lake Loop, and attend our online open house.

Stone Way N: N 45th St to N 50th St

(Construction to be completed at a later date under a separate contract)

  • 1-way protected bike lanes on each side of the street on Stone Way N from N 50th St to N 46th St
  • Parking removal on the east side of Stone Way N between N 46th St and N 50th St
  • Some spot on-street parking removal on the west side of Stone Way near driveways to ensure visibility and sightlines
  • More than 30 upgraded or new curb ramps
    • Relocating the rapid flashing beacons at N 48th St to N 49th St and Stone Way N to better serve students and other people walking across the street
    • Other improvements such as new sidewalks, street trees, and curb bulbs to improve safety and ease-of-use
    • Southbound only traffic on Interlake Ave N between N 48th St and N 49th St to allow for safer bike crossings at Stone Way N and N 49th St

To learn more, read our updated Stone Way N fact sheet and attend our online open house.

N 80th St: Aurora Ave N to I-5

  • No changes to lane layouts
  • Adding paint and post curb bulbs on the north side of 80th on either side of the Ashworth Ave N intersection to improve safety and visibility
  • Repaving nearly a mile of 80th, including replacing or repairing broken concrete panels and repaving asphalt in specific areas
  • More than 70 upgraded or new curb ramps

To learn more, read our updated N 80th St fact sheet, view our final design map of N 80th St, and attend our online open house.

Program Description

Avalon Bike Lane

Arterial streets are primary routes for moving people and goods through the city and connecting neighborhoods and business districts to one another and the regional transportation network.

Each year, we pave arterial streets in poor condition to make them safer, smoother, and to extend their useful life. Keeping our transportation system in a state of good repair helps lower the cost of future maintenance.

We prioritize paving based on pavement condition, traffic volume, geographic equity, cost, and opportunities for grants or coordination with other projects in the area.

Schedule

July 29th, 2019: Construction begins (with work primarily consisting of):

  • Curb ramp upgrades
  • Utilities installation
  • Sidewalk repair

2020: Paving and restoration construction begins

2021: Anticipated completion

Funding

These projects are funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. 

Materials

Email Archive

Related Projects

In addition, we'll be folding in several other projects that were selected through SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund and Your Voice, Your Choice programs, which provide funding for local projects deemed a priority by communities. These projects include intersection redesigns at multiple locations, such as the addition of curb bulbs and curb ramps at the intersection of Densmore Ave N, Ashworth Ave N, and N 40th St, and curb bulbs, curb ramps, and a new crosswalk at N 40th St and Bagley Ave N. Other related projects:

Need a translation?

The City of Seattle is paving portions of N 40th St, N 50th St, N 80th St and streets on the east side of Green Lake as soon as 2019. To request translation of these materials, call 206-693-4151.

La Ciudad de Seattle pavimentará porciones de las calles N 40th St, N 50th St, N 80th St y calles en el lado este de Green Lake a más tardar para el 2019. Para solicitar la traducción de este material, llame al 206-693-4151.

西雅图市政府最快将于2019年铺设以下的部分路面:N 40th St, N 50th St, N 80th St 以及 Green Lake 东边的街道。如 需这些资料的译文,或是在会议时需要口译服务,请致电 206-693-4151。