Safe Routes to School: 21st Ave

Updated: February 3, 2021

What's happening now?

Construction Complete Timeline Graphic 

Project Overview

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. We're making several improvements across Seattle to calm traffic, increase visibility, and reduce the crossing distance at intersections.

In December 2020 and January 2021, SDOT's Safe Routes to School program upgraded the intersections at 21st Ave and E Cherry St, and 21st Ave and E Jefferson St. This project includes extended sidewalk corners, curb ramp upgrades, new painted crosswalks, in-street pedestrian signage, a repainted and restriped roadway, bicycle safety improvements, and drainage improvements. Through this project, we're working to make these intersections safer and more comfortable for everyone. We will be coming out to complete the permanent pavement markings when the weather allows.

Project Map

21st Ave & E Cherry St
Cherry St Project Area Map

21st Ave and E Cherry St, March 2020.

21st Ave & E Jefferson

Jefferson Project Map

21st Ave and E Jefferson St, March 2020.21st Ave and E Jefferson St intersection, facing west

Bus turning right from 21st Ave onto E Jefferson St, March 2020.
King County Metro Bus turning onto E Jefferson St

Construction impacts

  • During construction, you can expect noise, dust, vibration, and large equipment
  • Traffic lanes and sidewalks may be reduced or detoured where necessary
  • Driveways may be temporarily blocked. Businesses and residents will be notified of any driveway closures at least 48 hours in advance
  • A member of our Real Property Team will be contacting you if we need you to sign a Temporary Construction Easement (TCE) to complete work near your property 


The intersection upgrades were completed in early 2021, with the exception of the permanent pavement markings, which will be installed when the weather allows. 


This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, which was approved by voters in 2015, as well as our local Safe Routes to School program

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