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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.