Seattle Department of Transportation is installing a new enhanced pedestrian signal at the intersection of 22nd Avenue and East Union Street as part of Central Area Neighborhood Greenway Project implementation. In order to complete this work, access to nearby residential streets will be temporarily restricted around the clock until 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015.
Until Friday, May 22, northbound access to 22nd Avenue from East Union Street will be closed as crews install curb ramps and create foundations for a new pedestrian signal. Drivers are detoured to westbound East Union Street, to northbound 21st Avenue, and then to East Pine Street to return to 22nd Avenue. During this time, local access on southbound 22nd Avenue will be maintained between Pine and Union, but access to East Union Street from 22nd Avenue will be restricted.
On Tuesday, May 26, crews will move to the south side of Union Street for curb ramp and foundation work, and access to southbound 22nd Avenue from East Union Street will be restricted. Drivers will be directed east on East Union Street, south on 23rd Avenue, and then west on East Marion Street to return to 22nd Avenue. During this time, local access on 22nd Avenue between Marion and Union will be maintained, but access to East Union Street from 22nd Avenue will be restricted.
Phase 1 of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway runs between East John Street and South Jackson Street on residential streets parallel to 23rd Avenue, including stretches of 25th, 22nd, and 21st avenues. In addition to curb ramps, improvements include bicycle pavement markings on the route, stop signs on streets crossing the greenway, and approximately one speed hump per block. Flashing beacons for pedestrians and bicycles have been installed at 25th Avenue and East Yesler Way and also at 25th Avenue and East Cherry Street. These signals will be activated when Phase 1 is complete at the end of June.
SDOT expects all phases of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway Project to be complete by the end of the year, extending the route from East Roanoke Street to Rainier Avenue South on residential streets parallel to 23rd Avenue.
Neighborhood greenways are residential streets made safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride bikes. Greenways can provide access to schools, trails, parks, transit, and neighborhood businesses. For more information, please see the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway project web page and a map of Seattle’s completed and planned neighborhood greenways.