Meridian Ave N Safety Improvements

What's happening now?

Project mapFinal striping work on Meridian Ave N is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 14 and last up to 4 nights. Crews working for SDOT will paint the permanent striping between 9 PM to 5 AM to minimize traffic disruption between N 103rd St and N 112th St (see map below).

During this work, please expect:

  • The contractor will place “No Park” signs on both sides of Meridian Ave N. The “No Park” restriction will apply only during the night-time work (9 PM - 5 AM).
  • Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times. Crews will first stripe one side of the street and when dry, stripe the other side of the street.
  • The sound of the equipment will be minimal, as crews work their way down the street with large trucks and painting equipment.
We appreciate your patience as we wrap up this project. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Paul Elliott at or (206) 684-5321.


Before maintenance
Potholes, cracked pavement, and seams in roadway on Meridian Ave N


After maintenance
New street surface and bike lane on the east side of Meridian Ave N

Project Overview

Why was Meridian Ave N improved?

Meridian Ave N is a north-south arterial on the west side of I-5 in North Seattle. It serves as a primary route leading to Northwest Hospital (to the north) and to North Seattle College (to the south), as well as numerous businesses in between.

Along this section of Meridian Ave N, those using the roadway before this project encountered pavement marked by potholes, cracks in the pavement, and seams in the roadway, which could have been hazardous for those driving, biking, and walking.

Improving safety, accessibility, and comfort

We repaved the roadway and installed improvements on Meridian Ave N, between N 103rd St and N 112th St, to enhance safety and mobility for people who drive, bike, walk, and use transit along this corridor. The new surface will extend the life of the roadway by 10 to 12 years. This project was listed as a high priority in the city's Bike Master Plan.

In addition to the new surface, this paving and safety improvement project has included:

  • New painted buffer lanes, intersection detection, and other improvements to protect those biking on both sides of Meridian Ave N between N 103rd St and N Northgate Way. The buffered bike lanes connect with bike lanes on College Way N and will also connect with the planned pedestrian/bicycle bridge across I-5 to the future Northgate Link light rail station.
  • Upgraded traffic signal technology
  • New curb ramps to meet current accessibility standards
  • Construction of new concrete landing pads at bus stops, to provide a safer and more accessible exit from the rear of the bus
  • A new stormwater detention system, to prevent overflows into Thornton Creek and improve habitat

Meridian Ave N, between N 103rd St and N 112th St

Current Schedule

Construction began on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The contractor completed the repaving work at the end of September 2016. Crews performed temporary striping work in November 2016. The final, permanent striping will occur August 14-17 (4 nights), which will complete this project.

Project Materials

To view a PDF of project-related materials, please click on the link provided below.

Project Funding

Design: $0.4 million
Construction: $2.0 million
Total: $2.4 million

SDOT funded project design. Funds from the Levy to Move Seattle, approved by Seattle voters in November 2015, were used to construct these safety and accessibility improvements. The project is part of SDOT’s Arterial Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Program.

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Updated: 8/10/2017