NE 65th St Vision Zero Project

Last updated: June 4, 2019

What’s happening now?

Thank you to everyone who has shared their feedback about the improvements on NE 65th St. In April we sent a listserv responding to common questions we heard from the community.

The majority of work for the NE 65th St Vision Zero Project is now complete. We have finished installing the bike buffers, striping, pavement markings, and flexible posts.

Looking ahead

We'll continue to do signal work at the intersections of 25th Ave NE/NE 68th St and 15th Ave NE/NE 65th St. Once the signal at 25th Ave NE/NE 68th St is activated we will remove the old RRFB crossing lights. Please note that crosswalk markings at 20th Ave NE and NE 68th St are scheduled to be installed with the future neighborhood greenway on NE 68th St. 

We're working closely with our project partners on the 25th Ave NE and 35th Ave NE paving projects to minimize and coordinate construction impacts. The future neighborhood greenway route on NE 68th St will connect this neighborhood to other areas in Seattle. Check out the neighborhood greenway webpage for more information.

Project Overview

NE 65th St is an arterial that moves people and goods throughout northeast Seattle. The street supports a diverse collection of retail shopping, restaurants, schools, parks, and activity centers. The Roosevelt Link Light Rail station will bring additional activity to the street in 2021.

Since 2012, there have been 3 fatalities, 1 serious injury, and 231 collisions along this busy corridor between NE Ravenna Blvd and 39th Ave NE. Seattle is committed to Vision Zero, our plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. In June 2016, Councilmember Rob Johnson and members of the community marched along NE 65th St and asked the city to study the corridor. Community concerns are explained further at #Fix65th. After working together with the community, we identified and designed various features to enhance safety. Some of these features include traffic calming, signal modifications, pavement repair, and pedestrian and bicycle upgrades. Safety is our number one priority, and we are committed to preventing crashes and improving safety for all travelers.

The project will implement permanent changes to enhance safety on NE 65th St, between NE Ravenna Blvd and 39th Ave NE. See the highlights below or check the map for more information.

Ravenna Blvd to 20th

  • One vehicle travel lane in each direction
  • Center turn lanes
  • Protected bike lanes on both sides of 65th between Ravenna Blvd-20th
  • No on-street parking
  • New transit islands at
    • Oswego Pl and 14th Ave NE (westbound)
    • 8th Ave NE and 16th Ave NE (eastbound)
  • Phased implementation for the block between Roosevelt and 12th, adjacent to the future light rail station, in coordination with Sound Transit. The interim design includes buses merging with the bike lane at the two stops on this block.

20th to 39th

  • All-day on-street parking
  • Lane restriping to clarify one lane in each direction
  • No bike lanes

NE 65th St Vision Zero Project Map

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Last year, we also heard from the community about the new transit island design and plan to work on an education campaign during and after implementation so everyone - people driving, walking, biking, or taking the bus - understands how the space was designed and knows how to use it. The rendering below details a transit stop, its features and illustrates their functions.

Outreach & Schedule

In 2013, we conducted outreach to help update Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan. At that time we committed to working with the community to identifying transportation solutions for NE 65th St prior to implementing changes. We launched this effort in February 2017.

July 2018 - Summer 2018

Implement corridor wide improvements

January 2018

Designs completed 

Completed designs shared with the community

December 2017

Public drop-in sessions held to share updated design

November 2017

Preferred corridor-wide plans identified

Continued outreach to corridor stakeholders

May 2017

Second community forum held to review possible concepts and feedback on what to include in the final concept

March 2017

Short-term safety improvements implemented

February 2017

NE 65th St Vision Zero project, and community outreach and engagement launched

2013

Conducted outreach to help update Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan 

Committed to identifying transportation solutions for NE 65th St with the community prior to implementing changes

Funding

This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015.

Materials

Design Outreach Materials

2nd Neighborhood Transportation Forum

1st Neighborhood Transportation Forum

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