NE 125th Street Pedestrian Safety Enhancements

Updated: September 25, 2020

What’s happening now?

As soon as Monday September 28th construction will begin for the safety improvements at NE 125th St and 28th Ave NE.  We will be installing a new pedestrian-activated signal, painted crosswalks, new curb bulbs and accessible pedestrian ramps.  Construction is expected to last 2-3 weeks. 

Construction impacts will include:

Typical work hours between 7 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday

Detours for intersection closures 

  • Temporary parking restrictions
  • Temporary pedestrian and bike detours around the work zone and staging area
  • Temporary driveway restrictions. We'll notify you individually if you'll be impacted.
  • Access to businesses and homes will be maintained at all times
  • Typical construction noise, dust, and vibrations  

Project Overview


  • New pedestrian-activated signals, painted crosswalks, and accessible pedestrian ramps at the intersections of 28th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE
  • New curb bulb at 28th Ave NE


  • Improve the pedestrian crossing experience at 28th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE
  • Enhanced accessibility for people using mobility devices, riding bikes, or pushing strollers
  • Increased visibility of bus riders


28th Ave NE Full Concept (2020)

graphic designed map of the intersection at 28th Ave NE and NE 125th St

33rd Ave NE Full Concept (2021)

A new traffic signal and crosswalk planned for 33rd Ave NE and NE 125th St in 2021.

Project Schedule

Fall 2019: Share early designs with community and collect feedback
Winter/Spring 2020: Continue project design
Summer/Fall 2020: Install new signalized crossing enhancement at NE 125th St & 28th Ave NE
2021: Install new signalized crossing enhancement at NE 125th St & 33rd Ave NE


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Project Background

Through the Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Program, the Lake City community proposed to add flashing beacons at three crossings near bus stops along NE 125th St at 28th Ave NE, 33rd Ave NE, and a location west of 15th Ave NE. The project proposal aimed to increase driver awareness of bus riders crossing the arterial. SDOT recommended the project and the Levy Oversight Committee selected it.

As part of the standard design process, SDOT collected additional traffic data and analyzed the street conditions along NE 125th St, including the number of pedestrians crossing NE 125th St, the crossing width for pedestrians, and the speed and volumes of vehicles traveling on NE 125th St. SDOT did this to determine whether the original proposal should be modified in any way. Based on this new data, the original proposal should be modified to prioritize changes at two intersections along NE 125th St: 28th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE, and to not include the third location at this time. At the two locations, we decided that pedestrian-activated traffic signals would better help people cross the street than the originally proposed flashing beacons. Changes west of 15th Ave NE are not being prioritized at this time based on the data. Such changes may be warranted in the future, depending upon traffic data, street conditions, and other factors. The new pedestrian-activated signals are planned to be installed along NE 125th St at 28th Ave NE in 2020 and at 33rd Ave NE in 2021. Thank for your patience and cooperation as we work together toward final design and construction.

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