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.
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.
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.
Seattle Department of Transportation will be upgrading some of the signals at various crosswalks on 15th Ave NW, north of Market Street. Work is expected to be complete in 2011 on these improvements. At this point it appears no signals north of 80th will be altered. They will be adding a pedestrian countdown feature to the walk signals:
- 15TH AVE NW AND NW 80TH ST
- 15TH AVE NW AND NW 75TH
- 15TH AVE NW AND NW 70TH ST
- 15TH AVE NW AND NW 67TH ST
- 15TH AVE NW AND NW 58TH ST
Other pedestrian & traffic improvements will be made to several signals/intersections in Greenwood:
- AURORA AVE N AND N 145TH ST: Upgrade to Countdown Ped Signal
- Greenwood Ave. N. & N. 80th St: E/W Left Turn installation
- Aurora Ave. N. & Winona Ave. : Northbound left turn installation
- Greenwood Ave. N. & N. 73rd ST: Upgrade to full signal plus preempt by fire house
Seattle Dept of Transportation will be doing some repaving work on Holman Road in the north-bound curb lane to address the issues of potholing along that edge of the street. Work is preliminarily scheduled for April 13th and 14th, weather permitting. Be prepared for some disruptions.
SDOT Traffic Advisory
For immediate release: April 8, 2011
Contact: Marybeth Turner, (206) 684-8548
Holman Road Pavement Repair Next Week
Seattle Department of Transportation paving crews will work on Holman Road NW between Mary Avenue NW and 9th Avenue NW on Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 and 14, if weather is favorable. The crews plan to work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day to grind off old pavement and lay new asphalt on a portion of the street. One north lane and two south lanes will remain open.
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
The Seattle Citizens Transportation Advisory Committe Public Input Meeting for the North Sector will be held:
May 24th, 2011
731 N. 35th Street
Read more about CTAC III here.
A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will paint the railing on a raised portion of Holman Road NW at 8th Avenue NW from February 1 to February 12. The sidewalk will be closed 24-hours-a-day. During the first week, the crews will close the northern sidewalk, and then starting February 8 the crews will close the southern side. Pedestrians will cross Holman Road at 7th Avenue NW and at 13th Avenue NW.
This just received from SDOT. The Holman Rd railings repainting project has been rescheduled to begin on January 27th. It was originally slotted to be completed in December. During painting pedestrian access to the walkway on the Holman Road overpass over 8th Ave NW may be restricted.
2009 Bridge Painting Projects
Construction Update: January 14, 2010
Due to several issues the scheduled start of the 2009 bridge painting projects has been revised. The following is the latest information on start dates for the projects. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks concerning vehicle and pedestrian traffic restrictions.
Revised Construction Start Dates:
(1) Carkeek Park over BNSF Railroad — January 20, 2010
(2) Holman Road over 8th Ave NW bridge railings — January 27, 2010
(3) Fairview Avenue N bridge railings — February 15, 2010
(4) E Boston Terrace bridge railings — February 23, 2010
(5) Washington Street Pier — Week of March 1, 2010
George Frost, Public Outreach Coordinator, email@example.com, (206) 615-0786
Ron Scharf, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 684-5192
Seattle Department of Transportation will be doing some maintenance in December 2009 or January 2010.
Holman Road over 8th Ave NW bridge railings: SDOT is going to clean and paint the railings of the bridge on Holman Road. The proposed activity is in response to the need to prevent corrosion of the steel railings. There is approximately 135 ft of bridge railing to be painted on the bridge. The Bridge is located at the intersection of Holman Road NW and 8th Avenue NW between the Crown Hill and Greenwood Neighborhood.