The Seattle Department of Transportation has completed intersection and pedestrian improvements at NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE, and all lanes are open to traffic. This week crews finished work on new sidewalks at this intersection, following the installation of a new traffic signal and street lights last week.
To help ease traffic congestion, two turn-lane improvements were made. The crews added a left-turn lane from westbound NE Northgate Way onto southbound Fifth Avenue NE, and also extended the right-hand turn lane from northbound Fifth Avenue NE onto eastbound NE Northgate Way. They also built a landscaped median with trees on NE Northgate Way just west of the intersection, created decorative crosswalks on all four sides of the intersection, installed a new traffic signal system, and improved drainage and water quality.
Crews began this project in July 2012 and the majority of construction activities were completed in November, awaiting delivery of signal parts to finish the traffic signal and street lighting elements.
Bridging the Gap, state and local funds all contributed to the $1.9 million construction cost. For more information on the NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE intersection improvements, visit SDOT’s project website at www.seattle.gov/transportation/northgateintersection.htm.
To learn more about an upcoming Northgate area paving project, see http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_N105.htm .