Nickerson Paving Project

Updated: February 12, 2019

What’s happening now?

Construction is underway for the Nickerson Paving Project. We returned to the corridor to make paving and pedestrian improvements to the final part of the corridor from Queen Anne Ave N to 15th Ave W, also known as Zone C (marked blue in the map below).

Zone C construction began on September 28 and is expected to last through Winter 2019.

Due to weather condition, the weekend work scheduled for Friday, Novmeber 2 at 9 AM until Monday, November 5 at 5 AM, has been postponed until further notice.

Due to inclement weather, Seattle Department of Transportation crews have not been able to resume work on the D Road this week (southbound onramp from W Nickerson St to 15th Ave W). Crews plan to resume work on the D Road next week, weather permitting. The D Road will be closed to all traffic for approximately 2 weeks as crews complete paving and final improvements. Please follow posted detour routes.

There will be a full closure at W Nickerson St and 15th Ave W on the weekend of March 1 at 9 AM to March 4 at 5 AM to allow crews to complete pouring the final panels in the roadway. This work is weather dependent. Thank you for your patience during construction.

Expect to see crews working on the D Road and repairing curb ramps in select locations along W Nickerson St as soon as February 13. Nearby residents and businesses will be notified in advance.

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Thanks for your patience and support while we complete this project. We’ll work to minimize construction impacts as much as possible.

Questions about the project?

Email us at or call 206-256-5252 (voicemail line).

Project Overview

Nickerson/W Nickerson St is a principal arterial, major truck route, and a transit street on the north side of Queen Anne that serves 23,000 drivers on an average weekday. Nickerson/W Nickerson St runs parallel to the Ship Canal and is an important access route for freight and maritime communities, and connects Westlake, Fremont, Ballard, and Interbay. Nickerson/W Nickerson St is bordered by residential homes, industrial properties, retail businesses, and Seattle Pacific University.

Project Description

Pavement on Nickerson/W Nickerson St is marked by cracks and potholes and the road base needs repair in many locations. As part of our Paving Program, we'll repave Nickerson/W Nickerson St curb-to-curb between Etruria St and 15th Ave W to make it safer and more comfortable to travel on and extend its useful life. We divided the project into the following areas:

  • Zone A (complete 2017): Etruria St to 3rd Ave W
  • Zone B (complete 2017): 3rd Ave W to 14th Ave W
  • Zone C (fall 2018): 13th Ave W to 15th Ave W

The Nickerson Paving Project will include the following elements:

  • Repave and restripe Nickerson/W Nickerson St between Etruria St and 15th Ave W; striping will maintain current street operation
  • Repair road base in select locations
  • Repave the southbound onramp to 15th Ave W
  • Pave an asphalt sidewalk on north side of the southbound 15th Ave W onramp
  • Pave an existing footpath under the south side of the Ballard Bridge to connect to the RapidRide D Line southbound bus stop
  • Add pedestrian crossing islands in place of paint-and-post crossing islands at
    • W Nickerson St and 11th Ave W
    • Nickerson St and Dravus St
  • Upgrade curb ramps and sidewalk corners in select locations

Nickerson/W Nickerson St was restriped in 2010 to improve traffic operation and safety. This project will repaint the existing pavement markings that are in place, maintaining the street operation that's in place today.

Project map

Nearby Projects

Interbay Trail Connections Project – We’re working on a transportation safety and mobility project in the Interbay and Magnolia communities to better connect major trails. We're proposing a family-friendly connection for people traveling between the Ship Canal Trail, Elliot Bay Trail, and the Ballard Locks, which will help people reach Westlake, downtown, and the Burke-Gilman Trail.


Summer 2016

Began design

November 2016

Seattle Pacific University briefing

January 2017

Outreach to businesses and residents along Nickerson/ W Nickerson St

Finished design

February 2017

Queen Anne Community Council briefing

Late spring 2017

Pre-construction outreach

July 2017

Began construction in Zones A & B

December 2017

Completed Zones A & B

Fall 2018

Begin Zone C of the project

Winter 2018

Complete project


Levy to Move SeattleThe project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015, and the Pedestrian Master Plan.

Get involved

We're committed to keeping you informed and working with neighbors to limit construction impacts to the extent feasible. Here are some ways to get more information about the project: