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
Continue reading SDOT Update on NW 85th St Paving Project
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.
The City of Seattle each year funds approximately $1.2 million dollars worth of projects citywide through the Neighborhood Projects Funds. The funds are composed of the Neighborhood Street Fund and Cumulative Reserve Subfund. The City tries to equitably allocate funds among the 13 neighborhood districts in the city. An equitable share for a district is approximately $90,000. Projects are: 1) proposed by citizens; 2) initially evaluated by district councils; 3) checked for feasibility and costed by SDOT and Parks and Recreation; 4) re-prioritized by the district councils; 5) moved through the city budget process by Mayor and City Council; then 6) implemented the following year.
The process this year recommended 3 projects in Crown Hill in the following priority:
- Textured crosswalks on NW 85th Street. The committee recommended that $20,000 be allocated to construct textured crosswalks across NW 85th at 8th Ave NW and 15th Ave NW. The textured crosswalks are inlaid into the pavement and provide an attractive, durable marking.
- Radar speed signs on 8th Ave NW between NW 85th and NW 100th. Originally this proposal also included establishment of dedicated bicycle lanes. The dedicated bike lanes would have reduced on street parking and the district council review committee decided to limit the proposal to the radar speed signs only. The review committee recommendation was to allocate up to $40,000 to fund the two radar speed signs.
- Speed control on residential streets 13th Ave NW and 14th Ave NW between NW 95th and NW 100th Streets. There were initially two separate proposals received to install speed bumps on these blocks individually. The review committee recommended the projects be considered jointly for more effective speed control. The recommendation is to allocate up to $40,000 to install speed control measures to be determined by SDOT in consultation between the neighbors and SDOT’s Neighborhood Traffic Control Program.
The grand total this year is estimated at $100,000 for the 3 projects.
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.
The Seattle Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee III (CTAC III) is seeking public input. CTAC III was established by City Council Resolution 31240. The Mayor’s office appointed a 14 member committee this winter. The committee has been charged with setting priorities for the Seattle Dept of Transportation (SDOT) and recommending funding sources. They held 6 meetings in April and early May to consider the following issues: 1) Business/Freight; 2) Social Justice (South); 3) Neighborhood Interests; 4) Social Justice (North); 5) Environmental; 6) Public Health/Disabilities. Now it’s your turn to provide input. CTAC III will conduct three public input workshops to gather general public opinion:
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
9010 35th Avenue S.W.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
731 N. 35th Street
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
|Washington Middle School Cafeteria
2101 S Jackson Street
If you are unable to attend one of these public input sessions, you can still provide your input via an online survey available here.