Some well-known traffic trouble spots near University Village are getting some overdue attention next month.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is in the process of designing the following safety improvements to the Union Bay Place NE/NE Blakeley Street area (projected to begin construction as early as August 2014):
- 25th Ave NE & NE Blakeley Street: Modified signal timing and intersection design. New bicycle leaning rails* (allow cyclists to wait for light change without dismounting, placing one foot on the rail).
- 30th Ave NE & the Burke-Gilman Trail: Raised pedestrian crosswalk and repaired sidewalks approaching this crosswalk along 30th Ave NE between NE 50th Street and Union Bay Place NE.
- Union Bay Place NE between NE 45th St & 30th Ave NE: New paved and painted pedestrian pathway along both sides.
View Safety Improvements to NE Blakeley St and Union Bay Place NE in a larger map
This work is funded by mitigation from the University Village and the Village QFC as well as Pedestrian Master Plan improvements. You can read more about the mitigation funding of this project on page 17 of this SDOT analysis of QFC’s 2012 land use application (208 KB PDF) to expand the store and build a parking garage.
- North Beacon Safety Connections, including Beacon Ave S and 14th Ave S
- 23rd Ave S/S Walker St, including S College St and Rainier Ave S
- Delridge Way SW/SW Andover St, including 23rd Ave SW
- Lake City Way/24th Ave NE
- Union Bay Place NE/NE Blakeley St, including 30th Ave NE and 25th Ave NE
Questions? Contact Maribel Cruz with SDOT at 206-684-7963 or email@example.com.
*We are looking into the bicycle leaning rails to find out more about them (and see if these will be the first ones installed in Seattle). We will update the post as we learn more!