Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements

Updated: August 20, 2021

What’s happening now?

We have completed all major construction on the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements Project - thank you so much for your patience, understanding, and collaboration as we completed these necessary roadway improvements. 

For past construction updates, please check our construction email update archive.

As the major work on our project is now complete, our project email and voicemail line will no longer be in service.

The best way to contact us is through SDOT's general information line:

If you have questions about the Keep Moving Street on W Green Lake Way N, please reach out to the Stay Healthy Streets program:

Building-off this finished project, we are looking into completing a walking and biking path around Green Lake Park. The project, Green Lake Outer Loop, would provide more travel options for people walking, running, biking, and create better connections to surrounding neighborhoods. We invite you to visit our project webpage to learn more about the project and stay engaged. 

Project Overview

Green Lake Paving Project area map

On July 29th, 2019, we began repaving and updating 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 completed construction in summer 2021.

We made 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 developed new lane layouts and redesigned intersections. New street elements 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.

Below is an overview of the changes that were 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
  • Maintenance of street trees, except wherever necessary for sidewalk repair

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


As of June 10, 2020, the N 40th St bike spot improvements that are a part of this paving project have been put on pause.

The decision to put a pause on these projects is in response to the significant decline of revenues for the City and our funding partners related to the COVID-19 crisis. The goal is to quickly suspend work on enough projects now to address the SDOT revenue shortfall expected for 2020.

  Learn more about what this project pause means, why we are making the pause, and how we will move forward together on the SDOT Blog. Near the end you will see a list of all impacted projects. 

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
  • Added 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

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

  • Built 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
  • Improved 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
  • Made the intersection of NE Ravenna Blvd, NE 71st St, and E Green Lake Way N more predictable. We "squared up" the intersection as much as possible by adding curb bulbs and widening the west-side sidewalks. We also added 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 sheetview 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

Unfortunately, we will not be paving Stone Way N between N 45th St and N 50th St or making improvements to the 5-leg intersection in 2021 under the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements Project.

A change of funding availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other competing needs led to construction at this location being paused.

Design elements may change in the future when/if reactivated for construction. The design may be adapted to include safety features for multiple modes of transportation such as bike lanes, cross walks, and curb ramps. We will share new design information for this area at that time. 

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

  • No changes to lane layouts
  • Added 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
  • Repaved 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 sheetview 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

2019: Construction began (with work primarily consisting of):

  • Curb ramp upgrades
  • Utilities installation
  • Sidewalk repair

2020: Paving and restoration construction begins

2021: Completion

Funding

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

Materials

Email Archive

04/03/2020 - We will be working on N 40th St this Saturday, April 4

03/27/2020 - Work is continuing on the Green Lake Loop, N 40th St, and N 50th St

03/20/2020 - We are continuing work on N 40th St and the Green Lake Loop

03/06/2020 - Work is continuing on the Green Lake Loop, N 40th St, and N 50th St

02/14/2020 - We are continuing work are N 40th St, N 50th St, and the Green Lake Loop

02/07/2020 - Work is continuing on N 40th St, N 50th St and the Green Lake Loop

01/31/2020 - We have begun work at the intersection of W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N

01/23/2020 - We are working on N 40th St, N 50th St, and the Green Lake Loop

01/09/2020 - We will start work on the Green Lake Loop as soon as the week of January 20

01/02/2020 - We are working on N 40th St, N 50th St, and the Green Lake Loop

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:

Nearby 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