NE 130th & NE 125th Mobility and Safety Project

Updated July 1, 2024

What's Happening Now?

We’re excited to share the latest project design for the NE 130th St & NE 125th St Mobility and Safety Project. We’re improving connections between Haller Lake and Lake City as we get ready for the new light rail station coming to NE 130th St near I-5. These improvements will improve safety and accessibility for everyone. Learn more about the project and view the latest design below.

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Project Overview

This project map shows the new light rail station and the streets where project elements will be built. The project area starts at NE 130th St and 1st Ave NE, heading southeast along Roosevelt Way NE, and then east along NE 125th St, ending east of Lake City Way NE.

We're making changes on NE 130th St, Roosevelt Way NE, and NE 125th St from 1st Ave NE to east of Lake City Way NE. These changes will make it safer and easier for people walking, biking, rolling, and taking the bus in the area. It will also help people get to the future light rail station at NE 130th St near I-5. Sound Transit expects 90% of light rail riders to get to the new station by walking, biking, or taking transit.

Project Goals

  • Make it easier and safer for people to get to the NE 130th St Infill Station and around the neighborhood
  • Reduce serious injury and fatal crashes and make it easier for people to share the road
  • Improve bus reliability and support new bus service

SDOT is coordinating with Sound Transit and King County Metro to make these changes. We want to improve access to buses and light rail in the area. In addition to the new light rail service, King County Metro is planning new bus service to support access to the NE 130th St Infill Station.

Project Improvements

  • Raised 12-ft wide path for people walking, biking, and rolling on the north side of NE 130th St (1st Ave NE to 5th Ave NE) with a planted buffer from 1st Ave NE to 3rd Ave NE
  • Protected bike lanes with concrete curbs on Roosevelt Way NE and NE 125th St
  • Roundabout at Roosevelt Way NE and 10th Ave NE to improve traffic flow and safety
  • New and upgraded bus stops, bus only lanes, and signal changes to give buses a head start
  • Safer street and intersection designs to prevent serious and fatal crashes
  • Safer street crossings with new signals for people walking, biking, and rolling, including Leading Pedestrian Intervals to give people walking and rolling a head start
  • Sidewalk repairs and new curb ramps in some places
  • Traffic calming with speed cushions (speed humps) and turn lane medians to prevent passing in some places
  • Right turns only from 3rd Ave NE to NE 130th St to make the intersection safer and avoid crashes between people driving and people walking, biking, and rolling

Project Design

Combined design diagrams (PDF)

NE 130th St: 1st Ave NE - 5th Ave NE

Map showing improvements on NE 130th St from 1st Ave NE to 3rd Ave NE

Map showing improvements on NE 130th St at the I-5 Overpass

Roosevelt Way NE

Diagram showing improvements on Roosevelt Way NE at 8th Ave NE

Diagram of roundabout at Roosevelt Way NE and 10th Ave NE

NE 125th St: 10th Ave NE - 36th Ave NE

Diagram of improvements on NE 125th St

Diagram of improvements on NE 125th St

Diagram of improvements on NE 125th St

Diagram of improvements on NE 125th St

Diagram of improvements on NE 125th St

Diagram of improvements on NE 125th St

Diagram of improvements on NE 125th St

Schedule

A graphic visualization of the timeline written out below

  1. Planning (2023): We talked to community members and businesses to build on previous planning and community engagement work done in the area. Learn more about planning work in the Project Background section.

  2. Design (2024-2025): We are creating and sharing design proposals and gathering community feedback. Visit the Design Proposals section to learn more. 

  3. Construction (2025-2026*): When construction starts, we’ll share the schedule, upcoming activities, and expected impacts.   

  4. Light rail service begins (2026): Sound Transit plans to open the NE 130th St Infill Station and begin service in 2026. Learn more on Sound Transit’s website.

*Construction schedules are subject to change based on crew and material availability.

Project Background

The NE 130th St & NE 125th St Mobility and Safety Project is the result of multiple planning and community engagement processes. We heard from neighbors in Pinehurst, Lake City Way, and other surrounding neighborhoods about your priorities for improving safety and accessibility in your neighborhood. As a result of the NE 130th St & Shoreline South/NE 148th Stations: Multimodal Access Study published in 2020, we secured funding to move forward with this set of improvements that incorporate what we heard from the community.

Below is more information about the early planning efforts for this project.

NE 130th St & Shoreline South/NE 148th Stations: Multimodal Access Study: In 2020, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) worked with community members on a study of areas around two new light rail stations. The community identified key priorities for improvements, including:

  • Upgrade sidewalks, bike facilities, and street crossings in neighborhoods near the future light rail stations

  • Provide walking and biking connections along NE 130th St and NE 145th St

  • Improve the NE 130th St overpass for people walking and biking

 The study came up with 18 ideas for projects for the two new light rail stations. Three of the ideas (#1, 15, and 17) are part of the NE 130th St & NE 125th St Mobility and Safety Project:

  • NE 130th St Overpass and Shared-Use Path (#1)

  • NE 125th St & Roosevelt Way NE Street Redesign (#15)

  • NE 125th St Transit & Crossing Improvements (#17)

130th and 145th Station Area Planning: In 2019, the Office of Planning & Community Development (OPCD) started planning for the 130th & 145th (now called the 148th) Light Rail Station areas. This process brought together community members, City of Seattle staff, and other public agencies to talk about the changes these new light rail stations will bring to the region. We heard from the community about the need for:

  • Improved safety for people walking and biking in the area

  • Improved connections to surrounding neighborhoods and light rail stations

  • Better east/west bus connections from adjacent neighborhoods to the light rail station

  • Bus stop upgrades for connecting routes to the light rail station

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