Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Sandpoint Way Closure

Click to enlarge (SDOT)

Click to enlarge (SDOT)

Emergency retaining wall repair on Sand Point Way NE

UPDATE: FEB 02: this project has been delayed until Monday, February 8th

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin emergency replacement of a retaining wall in the 8500 block of Sand Point Way NE starting Monday, February 8th.

The failing retaining wall requires replacement as soon as possible to prevent further risk to the roadway and to protect a nearby water main.

Sand Point Way NE will be closed to through traffic between NE 70th Street and NE 95th Street while repair work is underway. Local access will be maintained and the Burke Gilman Trail will not be affected.

Construction Schedule

The full closure is expected to last 3-4 weeks, and will likely be followed by another 3-4 weeks of closure for northbound traffic.

What to Expect During Construction

During the initial weeks of this emergency repair work, you should expect:

  • No traffic through the construction zone in the 8500 block of Sand Point Way NE; detour will be in place using NE 70th Street, 35th Avenue NE and NE 95th Street
  • No access for bicycles and pedestrians through the construction zone; travel along the Burke-Gilman Trail will not be affected
  • Large equipment with heavy loads operating in the roadway 5 to 7 days a week, typically for 9-12 hours per day
  • Temporary relocation of utilities, potential short term service disruptions
  • Significant excavation work, boring for new support piles and retaining wall construction
  • For King County Metro service stop relocations and service advisories please refer to http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/

Detour Route

Alternate Routes. Click to enlarge. (SDOT)

Alternate Routes. Click to enlarge. (SDOT)

Meadowbrook Meeting Announcement January 12, 2016 @ 7-8:30PM

Happy New Year to you all and I trust and hope you all had a good holiday season.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

For our first meeting in 2016, interestingly as in January 2015, our featured presenter will be Brian Dougherty of SDOT who will present the 100% completion drawings (up from 60% in 2015…slow going!) for sidewalk segment between 39th and 40th aves on N 110th street and will share where he is at on the other NE 110th segments. His projected construction schedule will also be discussed which I believe will start mid-year.

The meeting will be at the Meadowbrook Community Center on Tuesday, January 12th, and will start at 7pm. Continue reading

MCC Meeting Announcement: November 10th, 7pm

Greetings Meadowbrook Community Council members,

click to download PDF version of this flyer

click to download PDF version of this flyer

First, please remember to Bring Socks to the meeting for distribution by the North Precinct to the homeless.

We will have no featured speaker/presenter at our November MCC meeting. I had Brian Dougherty, Head of Safe Routes to Schools, tentatively scheduled, but he will be out of town. He is however, firmly scheduled himself for our January 12th meeting For our January meeting, Brian has promised 100% design drawings and a construction schedule for the 39/40th sidewalk segment, as well as drawings for the other segments.

District 5 Projects (click for PDF)

District 5 Projects (click for PDF)


As a heads up, for 2016, I would like to focus on getting the ever increasing number of children walking to schools, safely there! I hope to take advantage of the Mayor’s and SDOT’s plan to make use of alternative/asphalt based sidewalks which are purported to provide nearly twice the coverage as conventional sidewalks for the same cost. To facilitate this, I intend to revive the Sidewalk’s Committee and will be asking for a few volunteers. Safer crosswalks will also be sought and traffic calming measures (greenways) will be explored. I plan to work closely with Jane Addams to build on our teaming success in expediting the installation of the crosswalks around the school and I hope to find ways to work with John Rogers as well.

In addition, updates and reports on the following will be discussed:

  1. Lake City Way Safety project: 24th ave design issues
  2. Community Garden and Orchards: current status (harvest pounds to food bank and others), and a neighbor’s complaint
  3. Resubmittal of 105th and 35th crossing improvement proposal at NDC for securing Neighborhood Parks and Street funds
  4. Summary of Park’s Dept. new Superintendent, Jesus Aguirre, status and direction of Parks
  5. Developer’s plans for property on eastside of LCW at 105th
  6. Public Safety: (Aundie Collison)

As usual, an agenda will be provided at the meeting.

Looking forward to your attendance and continued involvement.

Dan Keefe, President, Meadowbrook Community Council

Help identify Meadowbrook as a location for sidewalk construction

SDOT

Take the Pedestrian Master Plan Update survey!

To learn more about the Pedestrian Master Plan, please click here.

The City of Seattle is conducting a poll to help determine where sidewalk funds should be spent for the next several years. Among the locations the poll asks voters to select as the highest priority for funding are: Downtown Seattle, Hub Urban Villages in the City (such as around 125th & Lake City Way NE where developers would be required to pay for new sidewalks if the City does not install them for free), neighborhoods with sidewalks on both sides of the street (such as Capitol Hill where it would fund repairs), OR neighborhoods like Meadowbrook where there are little or no sidewalks on most streets, or designated “Safe’ Routes to Schools” where there are no sidewalks but the Seattle School District directs kids to walk along roads without sidewalks to schools because bussing is not provided close to schools.
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In addition, the poll asks other sidewalk questions such as the public’s willingness to accept “alternative” sidewalks. The normal sidewalk is a solid concrete sidewalk with a concrete curb and gutters. The City has so little money for sidewalks it has estimated it will take 200 years to completely sidewalk Seattle with concrete sidewalks. An “alternative” sidewalk such as an asphalt sidewalk (such as the north side of NE 105th Street west of 35th Avenue NE) costs about 1/3rd as much as concrete so the City could install roughly three times the length of sidewalks for the same cost. I urge you to consider voting in favor of alternative sidewalks.

Whichever alternatives you feel are the greatest priority, I urge you to make your voice heard by voting – otherwise people in other parts of the city will determine the priorities for sidewalk funding!! Also, please forward this email to your neighbors to urge them to vote!

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Please take the Seattle Department of Transportation/Pedestrian Master Plan survey by clicking on the link below:
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King County Council adopts amended set of bus changes

King County Metro

Changes will go into effect after Link comes to Capitol Hill, UW

The King County Council has adopted a set of changes to Metro bus service that will go into effect after Link light rail begins serving Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in early 2016.

The adopted changes include amendments to Metro’s initial recommendation to the Council. Learn more about the adopted changes online. We’re updating the maps and information sheets on this website to reflect these amendments, and will post the new materials as they become available. Read more about the adoption of Link Connections on the Metro Matters blog

Thirty-six Metro routes will be affected and five new routes will be created by the adopted service change

Frequency improvements

  • More frequen service on all or part of 10 all-day Metro routes: 8, 12, 26X, 48, 49, 65, 67, 70, 75, and 372X. Buses would arrive at least every 12 minutes on four routes that connect directly to Link: 8, 44, 48, and 49.
  • More service on high-demand corridors currently served by routes 8, 16, 44, 48, 74, and 372X.
  • Added trips on five peak-only routes: 64X, 74X, 76, 316 and 373X.
  • Frequency improvements implemented in September will remain on four routes: 10, 11, 44, and 73.

Reliability improvements

  • Two routes that are often delayed by traffic, Route 8 and Route 48, will each be split into two shorter routes to improve reliability.

Connections to new places

  • There would be more east-west connections between places like Fremont, Wallingford, and Sand Point, as well as new connections to Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Fremont, Sand Point, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Green Lake, First Hill, and SeaTac Airport.

Night and weekend improvements

  • New weekend service on routes 67 and 372X.
  • New late-night service on weekdays on routes 12, 67, and 372X.
  • New weekend and late-night service implemented in September will be maintained on Route 70.

Nine routes (16, 25, 26 Local, 28 Local, 30, 66X, 68, 72, and 242) would be replaced with other service. We’ve planned carefully to give most riders on those routes the same service or better at the same stops they use today. We will be working to make transfers as convenient as possible.

View a map of the all-day routes

More improvements to come

In coming months, Metro and Sound Transit plan extensive community outreach efforts to help riders prepare for the revised transit network. King County Metro, Sound Transit, the City of Seattle, and the University of Washington are working together to make it as easy and convenient for riders to use the proposed improved and more frequent grid network of bus service. Riders will experience transfers that are as convenient as possible between frequent buses and light rail trains. Also, stops will be relocated at key transfer points, and transit agencies and the city are coordinating better wayfinding, signage, and passenger information, and shelters and lighting at stops.

Other changes approved by the County Council:

  • Seattle-funded extensions of the RapidRide C Line to South Lake Union and the RapidRide D Line to Pioneer Square. These changes would improve the reliability of the two lines while connecting riders to growing employment markets.
  • Route 200 will be modified to respond to community feedback and better serve Issaquah riders by connecting to Swedish Medical Center Issaquah and deleting a low-ridership loop near Issaquah High School.
  • Implementation of the first phase of the Southeast King County Alternative Services project, including frequency improvements for DART Route 915.
  • More peak service on Interstate 5 in the south corridor, implementing a Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Mobility Grant on routes 179 and 190. Adding two morning and two afternoon peak trips to both routes 179 and 190 will allow Metro to serve more riders, relieve crowding on existing service and reduce single-occupancy vehicle traffic.