The first phase of rebuilding 15th Avenue NE in the University District began today, January 3. 15th Avenue NE will be restricted to one lane in each direction on weekdays, from NE Pacific Street to NE 45th Street, until June. On weekends this same stretch will be restricted to northbound traffic, with southbound traffic detoured to Brooklyn Avenue NE. Drivers should expect delays, and volumes on nearby streets will be heavier as drivers seek alternate routes.
The work on this arterial street will include pedestrian and transit improvements in accordance with Seattle’s “complete streets” policy, addressing the needs of all users of the roadway. Among the improvements that will enhance safety and ease of use will be larger bus waiting areas, a new marked crosswalk at NE 41st Street, and upgraded pedestrian lighting. SDOT will also install a new northbound left turn lane at NE 42nd St to better serve traffic needs. Bicycle facilities will not be added as nearby parallel streets already serve as north/south arterial routes for bikes.
Later phases of the project on 15th Avenue NE will involve work between NE 45th and NE 50th streets, and then between NE 50th and NE 55th. The entire $11 million project will be completed in October.
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Media contact: Marybeth Turner, (206) 684-8548