We’ve just received the following update from Seattle Dept. of Transportation on the 85th St Repaving Project. Of particular note:
- Phase 1, originally scheduled for this fall has been moved to January to occur just before Phase 2 which was originally scheduled for January
- SDOT will be installing a center median on 15th Ave NW at 83rd to prevent east-bound left turns from south-bound 15th. Left turns will still be permitted into the Home Street Bank parking lot and the Safeway gas station.
December 16, 2011
Major construction begins on N/NW 85th St the week of January 3rd
Just after the new year, SDOT will begin major construction to repair and replace the existing roadway and install drainage improvements on N/NW 85th St between 15th Ave NW and Greenwood Ave N. Neighbors and area commuters should plan ahead and expect traffic delays.
Beginning as early as January 4, NW 85th St will be closed to eastbound traffic between 15th Ave NW and 8th Ave NW (Phase 1). All eastbound traffic, including Metro buses, will be detoured via NW 80th St. Construction activities in this area will limit westbound travel lanes and prohibit parking along NW 85th St.
Roadwork between 8th Ave NW and Greenwood Ave N (Phase 2) will also start in January. Phase 2 work will intermittently reduce travel lanes for eastbound and westbound traffic to allow space for construction. Rebuilding the intersection at N 85th St and Greenwood Ave N will require multiple weekend intersection closures. Intersection work is planned to start in late-January.
What to expect during construction
- Eastbound detours via NW 80th St
- Reduced lanes for westbound traffic
- Reduced traffic lanes in Phase 2
- Multiple weekend closures at Greenwood Ave N
- No parking on NW 85th St from 15th Ave NW to 8th Ave NW
- Temporary sidewalk and driveway closures
- Noise, dust and light impacts
- Occasional nighttime work activities
- Restricted access to side streets adjacent to NW 85th St for extended periods
- Pedestrian access to businesses and residences will be maintained at all times
Work crews from Seattle Dept of Transportation will begin repaving and making other repairs to the road surface on NW 85th St between 27th Ave NW and 31st Ave NW. Though not directly in Crown Hill, 85th is frequently used to get to Golden Gardens, Sunset Hill and the Locks.
Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to start tomorrow, August 2, repairing the concrete roadway at several locations on NW 85th Street between 27th Avenue NW and 31st Avenue NW. The crews expect to complete the work by Thursday, August 11 if weather allows. Eastbound and westbound traffic will take turns sharing a single lane in this area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the assistance of traffic flaggers. No on-street parking will be allowed and the eastbound bike lane will be closed. The sidewalks will remain open. Drivers are advised to take an alternate route or allow extra time to move through the construction area.
Crown Hill Business Association will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, June 15, noon-1:30PM at the meeting room at Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave NW. The speaker will be Jessica Murphy from Seattle Dept of Transportation and she will be speaking on SDOT’s 85th Street repaving project set to start in Fall 2011. Business owners along 85th between Greenwood Ave NW and 15th Ave NW are especially invited to attend for an in-depth presentation on impacts for businesses and customers during the project. $13 for lunch payable at the meeting. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (206.706.0366) to RSVP.
At our annual meeting on May 14th, SDOT presented some information on their upcoming project to repave N & NW 85th St. from Interstate 5 to 15th Ave NW.
- The project will begin at the western end of 85th this fall. Exact start date is unknown at the moment.
- 85th will be CLOSED in the eastbound direction while work proceeds.
- Westbound traffic will be carried on 85th in the lane not being worked on. But westbound traffic will be restricted to a single lane.
- Eastbound traffic will be detoured. The most likely candidates for detours are NW 80th Street and Holman Road.
- Intersection closures can be expected on weekends.
- Night-time work will include full roadway closures.
- Motorists should plan for additional time for detouring, traffic slowing, and stoppages for construction equipment.
- New concrete pavement will be installed in the most heavily used areas. West of 8th, those are the center lanes, and east of 8th, the right hand lanes. The difference is due to the parking allowed on 85th, west of 8th.
- Bicycle “sharrows” will be marked on the street between Greenwood Ave NW and 15th Ave NW.
- The work will not include the intersection at 15th Ave NW, but everything up to it.
We will be impacted by these changes, we can expect higher traffic volumes on neighborhood, non-arterial streets as motorists avoid the construction area, and try to get to the businesses along 85th. We can expect higher traffic volumes on 80th, 15th, 8th, Holman and the streets located within.
One of Crown Hill’s major streets is scheduled for repaving. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be repaving 85th Street from I5 to 15th Ave NW. This project has the potential to disrupt all modes of transportation on 85th and divert traffic to 80th and Holman Road as it avoids 85th. SDOT’s project information page currently lists the following:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is planning to repave N/NW 85th Street beginning in October 2011 and continuing thorough fall 2012.
This paving project is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.
N/NW 85th Street – 15th Avenue NW to Interstate 5
This project will replace and rehabilitate the existing pavement along the N/NW 85th Street corridor from 15th Avenue NW to I-5 Freeway. Benefits include:
- New concrete pavement in the most heavily travelled areas
- New underground drainage infrastructure
- Bus stop improvements including new shelters in some locations
- Sidewalk repair and replacement
- Green storm water facilities
- New and upgraded curb ramps to meet current accessibility standards
The project will be phased so that all work will not occur simultaneously and to better manage traffic and disruptions. More detailed schedule information will be provided prior to the start of construction.
George Frost, Project Communications Lead, email@example.com, (206) 615-0786
Jessica Murphy, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 684-0178