Today Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews began work on pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. The work is expected to take three weeks, weather permitting.
The existing pedestrian overpass at this location was built in the 1960’s and does not meet the current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility. Over the past decade, the area immediately west of Aurora and centered at Bitter Lake has seen a boom in senior housing developments. Over 1,500 new senior housing units have been built in that time. Because of the number of senior citizens in the area, it is especially important to improve the
accessibility of this busy intersection.
The crews will install new curb ramps at all four corners, and will add a marked crosswalk on the north leg of the intersection. They will also add pedestrian countdown signals.
The work is a part of the two-year Aurora Traffic Safety Project. For more information, please see the project Web site at www.seattle.gov/aurorasafety.htm.