Crews working on the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) project to repave NE Ravenna Boulevard between Green Lake and 15th Avenue NE have completed grinding the existing pavement on the westbound side of the street between NE 71st Street and 8th Avenue NE. This coming Friday, April 6, the crews will switch to the opposite side of Ravenna, grinding the existing pavement on the eastbound side of the street.
Crews are scheduled to grind the existing pavement on the eastbound side on Friday and Monday (April 6 and 9), and will then begin roadway base repairs and repaving work. Drivers and residents should expect closures of NE Ravenna Boulevard between NE 71st and NE 65th streets on weekdays through April, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Access to residences and businesses along this stretch of roadway will be maintained. A signed detour will direct drivers and bicyclists around the closure.
NE Ravenna Boulevard from NE 65th Street to 8th Avenue NE will remain open to traffic during this period, although it will be subject to some nighttime closures later in the project. Advance notification will be provided of these closures.
Work in the coming days includes grinding and removing the existing asphalt roadway, repairing areas of the concrete roadway base, repaving the street, upgrading pedestrian curb ramps, and building a curb bulb at E Green Lake Drive N and NE 71st Street. Work is expected to be completed by the end of summer, dependant on weather conditions.
To minimize construction impacts, work has been divided into two phases. Phase one is on NE Ravenna Boulevard between Green Lake and I-5 (from E Green Lake Drive N to 8th Avenue NE). (Crews began work on the westbound side of Ravenna in late March.) Phase two will run on NE Ravenna Boulevard from I-5 to 15th Avenue NE (from 8th Avenue NE to 15th Avenue NE). Crews will similarly begin work on the westbound side of the street and then move to the eastbound side of the street.
For more information on the NE Ravenna Boulevard Paving Project, visit SDOT’s project website, http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_ravenna_paving.htm.