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Greenways in Crown Hill? Presentation April 22nd, 2013

Crown Hill Neighborhood Association is hosting a speaker from Ballard Greenways at the monthly meeting on Monday, April 22 at 7:15pm.  There will be a short presentation followed by Q & A.

Seattle Greenways is a volunteer organization representing 19 neighborhoods. Their goal and mission is to plan and advocate for safe and healthy streets for all users.  Come to the presentation on the 22nd to see how Crown Hill can become part of the coalition to make our streets safer for everyone!

Monday, April 22nd, 7:15 PM
Room 4 Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW

NW 85th Street Repairs to Start August 2nd

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.

Seattle Transportation Public Input Wanted

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:

Sector Date/Time Location
South May 23
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Library
Meeting Room
9010 35th Avenue S.W.
Seattle, WA
North May 24
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fremont Library
Meeting Room
731 N. 35th Street
Seattle, WA
Central May 26
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Washington Middle School Cafeteria
2101 S Jackson Street
Seattle, WA

If you are unable to attend one of these public input sessions, you can still provide your input via an online survey available here.

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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N/NW 85th St repaving project Oct 2011 to Fall 2012

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.

Project Location:

N/NW 85th Street – 15th Avenue NW to Interstate 5

Project Description:

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

Project Schedule:

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.

Project Contacts:

George Frost, Project Communications Lead, george.frost@seattle.gov, (206) 615-0786

Jessica Murphy, Project Manager, jessica.murphy@seattle.gov, (206) 684-0178

Rapid Ride Line D is coming

King County Metro will be replacing the current 15 and 15 Express buses which serve Crown Hill with Rapid Ride D Line by the end of 2012. As shown on KC Metro’s graphic (at the end of this article), both the Northern and Southern end of the line details have yet to be firmed up (see below for proposed route). Rapid Ride Line D will serve the route between Crown Hill and Downtown Seattle via Queen Anne.

General information on Rapid Ride is available from Metro’s Rapid Ride web page. Rapid Ride offers many improvements over the current bus service. Some of the improvements include:

  • Faster boarding via three doors rather than the current single point of entry
  • You won’t need a timetable. Service as frequent as every 10 minutes during the commute periods and into a larger portion of the non-commute day. 15 minute interval at other times during the day, and the same interval as the 15 for the wee morning and late evening hours
  • Pre-paid boarding. Pay at the kiosk, and walk on.
  • Fewer stops speed transit up with the tradeoff of having to walk a little more
  • Improved amenities at stops, including improved lighting, and stop request signals to notify bus drivers of waiting riders

Of interest to many in Crown Hill, Blueridge and Olympic Manor will be how the bus is routed on the northern terminus. The current routing of the 15 turns around using a loop comprised of the residential streets 14th Ave NW, NW 105th St, 13th Ave NW, NW 103rd St, and 14th Ave NW.  According to Paul Roybal of Metro, Line D is proposed to use a loop comprised of Holman Rd, 7th Ave NW, NW 100th, 100th Place, 3rd Ave NW, and Holman Road. Stops have not been determined, as yet. This will be music to the ears of many living on the current terminal loop, as articulated buses will no longer be driving on the residential streets adjacent to their homes at all hours. However that also means a longer walk to reach the new bus from many areas in Crown Hill, Blueridge and parts of Olympic Manor. Additionally, this will force a pedestrian crossing of Holman Road for those riders residing North and South of Holman to either board or alight from the bus. The changes will mean easier connections to the 75, 28 and 5 routes running respectively along Holman, 3rd and 8th Aves, and Greenwood Avenue.


View 15/Line D changes in Crown Hill in a larger map

Below is the full route map published by Metro. This is available as a PDF from the Line D information page at Metro.

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Sidewalks in Crown Hill — Are We Getting Any Closer?

In the last round of project submissions for the Bridging the Gap Levy funds, the Ballard District Council recommended three Crown Hill Projects for funding. The three projects are: 1) Walkway along 13th Ave NW from NW 90th to Holman Road, plus walkway along 90th from 13th Ave NW to 14th Ave NW; 2) Walkway along 13th Ave NW from NW 95th to NW 100th; and 3) Walkway on 18th Ave NW from NW 85th to NW 89th. It is estimated there will be approximately $340,000 to spend within the entire Crown Hill/Ballard area.

On Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, the Seattle Department of Transportation released their preliminary cost estimates for the three projects. The first two projects (originally submitted in 2007) come in at $994,000 and $480,000 respectively, and the third project (submitted in 2009) comes in at $480,000. You can see all the projects costed out by SDOT on their website.

Clearly any of the three projects, as estimated by SDOT, exceed the Ballard District’s fair share of the pot city-wide. The estimates are for traditional sidewalks, rather than less expensive walkways or paved paths, and there is the possibility that some of the cost of the walkway on 18th could be offset by funds available for Combined Sewer Overflow abatement (that project location is in the North Beach CSO area).

What’s next? The Ballard District Council will reconvene its committee to look at the projects, and possibly change the scope so that one or more can be built within the allotted funds. Then a final recommendation will go forward in June. The recommendation will go forward to the city-wide Bridging the Gap oversight committee to assess which projects will be built over the entire city. The oversight committee’s recommendations will then be forwarded on for approval by the Mayor and City Council.

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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Murals of Crown Hill

Pipe wrench mural
Pipe wrench mural

Upon moving to Crown Hill in 2002, I noticed many blank walls on buildings, often tagged with graffiti, painted out graffiti, re-tagged, re-painted out, etc. What is it about a blank wall that encourages vandals to leave their marks? Our major streets, 15th Ave NW, Holman Road, and NW 85th Street appeared quite tired, even dreary. As new businesses have moved in, old businesses and new alike have taken to spiffing up their storefronts with bright colors, and … murals. Most recently the Value Village relocated a couple of doors south on 15th, and engaged the services of Seattle muralist, Ryan “Henry” Ward. Henry’s murals drew much attention in the press (MyBallard article, and even some television and radio coverage). It has certainly sparked lots of discussions among neighbors and passerby (as I snapped photos early on a Saturday morning, 6 people volunteered their opinions, four very positive, one negative, one shrug).

Henry Mural on Value Village
Henry Mural on Value Village

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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

Sidewalk Closures Holman Road, Feb 1st to 12th, 2010

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.

SDOT Bridge Painting Projects Rescheduled

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

Project Contacts

George Frost, Public Outreach Coordinator, george.frost@seattle.gov, (206) 615-0786
Ron Scharf, Project Manager, ron.scharf@seattle.gov, (206) 684-5192

Holman/15th Median Study Review

15th Near 85th Artists Concept
15th Near 85th Artists Concept

Thanks to everyone who filled out a survey questionnaire to help gauge community and business support for a vegetated median along portions of 15th Ave NW (from 83rd St to 87th St) and Holman Road (from 87th St to 12th Ave).  The Holman Road / 15th Ave corridor is a dominant feature in our community, and improvements to the corridor have the potential to make our neighborhood safer for both drivers and pedestrians, healthier for businesses, nicer looking and greener.

Holman / 15th Median Study Community Review Meeting
December 10, 2009 at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30
Journey Church , 9204 11th Ave NW
Snacks provided

On Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association and the Crown Hill Business Association will host a community meeting to review designs for a series of planted medians for a section of the Holman Road / 15th Ave NW corridor.  Produced by a team of students from the University of Washington’s Community, Environment, and Planning Program, these designs reflect the responses from more than 290 Crown Hill residents through an online survey, as well as conversations with SDOT, Metro transit officials, and business owners along the corridor.

The student team will present a preliminary conceptual drawing (see draft below) and discuss several options for your comment.  Feedback from this meeting will be used to produce their final design recommendations.

Preliminary Median Concept Schematic
Preliminary Median Concept Schematic

Holman Road Median Study Meeting

December 10, 2009 at 7:00pm
Journey Church , 9204 11th Ave NW

On Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association and the Crown Hill Business Association will host a community meeting to review designs for a series of planted medians for a section of the Holman Road / 15th Ave NW corridor.  Produced by a team of students from the University of Washington’s Community, Environment, and Planning Program, these designs reflect the feedback received from over 290 Crown Hill residents through an online survey, as well as conversations with SDOT, Metro transit officials, and business owners along the corridor.

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