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Schedule Slippage: Holman Rd Paving Update June 17th, 2014

We received this from Seattle Department of Transportation:

Hello!

You are receiving this e-mail as a subscriber to the Holman Road NW Paving Project updates. Due to weather, paving work that was originally scheduled for tonight, Monday June 16, has been rescheduled to this Thursday, June 19. Crews will begin work in the westbound lanes of Holman Road NW between 7th Avenue NW and Greenwood Ave N from 8 PM on Thursday, June 19, until 6 AM Friday, June 20. During this time, traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes of Holman Road NW, with one lane open in each direction.

Grinding and paving work will then switch to the eastbound lanes of Holman Road NW, and traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes of Holman Road NW, where one lane will be open in each direction. Crews are scheduled to begin closing eastbound lanes for grinding the night of Wednesday, June 25 at 8 PM. Grinding will be noisy and is expected to last until 6 AM, Thursday July 26. Nighttime paving in the eastbound lanes will begin Wednesday, July 2, and is expected to be complete the following day, Thursday, July 3.

Paving is weather dependent, and these dates are subject to change. We will update you if there are any changes to the construction schedule.

Local bus access will be maintained for King County Metro’s Route 28, 40 and RapidRide D Line. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online, http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts, or call (206) 553-3000.

For more information about the Holman Road NW Paving Project, visit the project web page: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_holman.htm

Thank you!

 

SDOT Update on NW 85th St Paving Project

We’ve just received the following update from Seattle Dept. of Transportation on the 85th St Repaving Project. Of particular note:

  1. Phase 1, originally scheduled for this fall has been moved to January to occur just before Phase 2 which was originally scheduled for January
  2. 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.

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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

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Crown Hill Business Assn, Monthly Luncheon, June 15, 2011

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 cassandra.peterson@edwardjones.com (206.706.0366) to RSVP.

85th Street Repaving Project — Get ready

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.

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Signal Upgrades for Pedestrians on 15th Ave NW

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

Neighborhood Street Fund Applications Due February 4th

February 4th is the deadline for the 2011 NPF Applications to be submitted. Do you have an idea for a project which might include a traffic circle, speed bumps, new crosswalk, crossing flags, or other small traffic improvements for the neighborhood? Consider submitting an application for an NPF grant. You can get an application here and more information about the program here (note this web page was not updated for 2011 yet). In the past the Ballard District Council has received $85,000 to $110,000 to distribute among three to five projects in Ballard and Crown Hill. The projects do not require a neighborhood match. The selected projects will be built in 2012.

15th Ave NW Traffic Cameras Now Working

Traffic Camera 15th Ave NW, NW 85th St
15th and 85th (click to go to Traveler's Information Map)

The traffic cameras at NW 85th St. and 15th Ave NW have now gone live, and are beaming back minute by minute images of the intersection.  The cameras were installed earlier in the year at 15th and 85th, 15th and 65th, 15th and Market, and 15th and Leary. They are available on the Department of Transportation’s Travelers Information Map. Refreshing this page will update the image if a new image is available.

These are traffic information cameras designed to provide close to real-time information about traffic congestion. During the Alaska Way Viaduct replacement project, 15th Ave NW is projected to receive additional traffic and these cameras will also provide information to manage the additional traffic. The images from 15th Ave NW and NW 85th  will not be used to issue traffic citations. However, red light cameras are installed for both North- and South-bound traffic at 15th Ave NW and NW 80th.

Other traffic cameras:

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New Traffic Information Sign 14th and Holman

Traffic Information Sign, 14th and Holman
Traffic Information Sign, 14th and Holman, click to enlarge

The sharp-eyed among us will have noticed Seattle Dept. of Transportation crews hard at work along Holman Rd and 15th Ave NW this week.  MyBallard.com gave advance notice of the work here. The work is being done to provide more information  for drivers and transportation agencies during the Alaska Way Viaduct Replacement Project. During the life of the project, SDOT and Washington State DOT expect  that Holman Rd and 15th Ave traffic will increase dramatically. These projects are supposed to allow drivers to make better decisions,  smooth the flow of traffic, and provide real-time information to SDOT and WSDOT on traffic conditions.

The first change was the installation of a traffic information sign over the southbound lanes of Holman Rd at 14th Ave NW. The sign will be used to inform drivers of  accidents and road conditions ahead to the Ballard Bridge and beyond. This is similar to the informational signs on I5.  The sign is approximately 1 block east of the radar speed sign located near Mary Ave NW.

Traffic monitoring camera 85th and 15th
Traffic monitoring camera 85th and 15th, camera is just below the "NW 85th St" sign, click to enlarge

The second change was the installation of traffic cameras at the intersection of 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St. These cameras will allow monitoring of traffic conditions.  The cameras will not be used for red light enforcement like the cameras at 15th and 80th. SDOT previously announced the traffic cameras here and at other locations city-wide as part of their traffic information system. We will soon be able to view traffic images from the cameras showing current traffic conditions on the city’s Traveler’s Information Map. These cameras are supposed to go live this month (March 2010) according to the MyBallard article from last year.

The Alaska Way Viaduct replacement project is expected to be completed shortly after the demolition of the Viaduct. The Viaduct will be demolished in 2016 according to preliminary estimates. A timeline for the replacement project is available at WSDOT’s web site here.  There will be a multi-year period during which traffic normally handled by the Viaduct will be diverted to I5 and surface streets such as Elliott Ave W, 15th Ave NW, and Holman Road. We can expect significant traffic impacts during the construction. Once completed, SDOT estimates it will take a Crown Hill resident 4 or more extra minutes to get to the southern end of the tunnel than it does today. This is due to the fact, the northern entrance to the tunnel will be located further East than the current route to the viaduct.

To learn more about the Alaska Way Viaduct Replacement project, visit SDOT’s project web site at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/awv.htm Additional information is available on the state’s DOT website at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/default.htm A document describing the impacts on Ballard is available here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/NWSeattleBrochureREVISED.pdf