Known as one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Seattle, South Lake Union is transforming into a modern, diverse community full of residents and businesses ranging from biotechnology to thriving shops and restaurants. Along with growth comes the need to efficiently move thousands more people—residents, workers, and visitors—around the neighborhood every day.
Starting Jan. 4, the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin upgrading transit stops along Westlake Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood. A series of five small projects will extend stops, widen sidewalk, add shelters, and install real-time transit arrival information signs. Traffic crews will also install new signage, traffic signal hardware, and pavement markings to create transit-only and transit-priority lanes through the corridor. Impacts include short-term sidewalk and lane closures, temporary relocation of transit stops, streetcar service interruptions, tree trimming and landscaping relocation. Businesses will remain open and accessible. Work is scheduled to be complete by March 26.
Construction impacts are expected intermittently along Westlake Avenue North between Mercer Street and Blanchard Street. Work will begin at Mercer Street and proceed south before moving to the east side of the street at Blanchard Street and continuing north. Construction at each location will take approximately two to three weeks.
During construction the South Lake Union Streetcar will not operate between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or after 9 a.m. on Fridays. It will not operate at all on weekends. Rider Alert signs will be posted at affected transit stops. Transit customers can consider riding Metro routes serving the area; details about route 40 and route 70 are posted online. Riders also can visit Metro Online at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/ for general transit information.
Improvements are expected to be complete by March 26, 2016 when new RapidRide C Line service begins operating in SLU every 7 to 12 minutes from West Seattle via Downtown. At the same time, Route 40 to Fremont and Ballard will be adjusted to run on Westlake in both directions, rather than northbound only as it does now. Route 40 operates every 9-15 minutes.
For more information on the project please visit: www.seattle.gov/transportation/transitSLU.htm.