Meadowbrook Community Council

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35th Ave NE Project: Construction Update (5/7/19)

Overview of upcoming work as of May 7, 2019

Night work for final striping on 35th Ave NE begins tonight, Tuesday, May 7 and continues for the next several weeks

Due to the anticipated daytime temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s for the next several weeks, our contractor needs to install final striping on 35th Ave NE at night. Higher temperatures can cause new paint to take longer to cure and is harder to clean up if a vehicle drives through it. Crews will begin work between NE 47th and 75th streets. Once complete, crews will continue working at night between NE 75th and 91st streets.

We are working to minimize impacts wherever feasible and 35th will remain open with one lane in each direction during the work. Please read below for what to expect while striping takes place: 

  • Nighttime hours: 7 PM to 7 AM, Monday through Friday
  • 1 lane of traffic in both directions will be maintained at all times: Uniformed police officers (UPOs) and flaggers will direct traffic around the work area
  • Parking will be restricted along the corridor to maintain a safe work area
  • Noise and vibrations during final striping installation at night are expected to be slightly louder than typical traffic but not as loud as nighttime paving. 
  • All sidewalks will remain open for people walking 

If you have questions or concerns about the work, please contact our project information line, 206-512-3950, as soon as possible and we will do our best to minimize impacts whenever feasible.

Driveways will remain accessible, but you may experience intermittent delays while paint is drying:

Uniformed police officers (UPOs) and flaggers may re-direct you to avoid driving on fresh paint when trying to access a driveway. Fresh paint that has been driven on is difficult to clean up and harmful to vehicles.

If you have concerns about accessing your driveway during nighttime work, please park on side streets and walk to your residence or business.

25th Ave NE Paving Project
Paving for the 25th Ave NE Paving Project is now complete! Please see our construction email update archive for more information about what to expect for the remaining work. 

Stay informed

You can find more background about this project on our webpage. Please forward this email to those you think will be interested or share this link to sign up to receive construction updates by email. If you have questions, please contact us at 35thAvePaving@seattle.gov or 206-512-3950.

Contact
35th Ave NE Project Outreach Team
Seattle Department of Transportation
Construction information line: (206) 512-3950
35thAvePaving@seattle.gov
www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thNEpaving.htm

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A new design for 35th

Since planning for the 35th Ave NE Project began in 2016, we’ve heard from many people advocating for safer ways to travel in northeast Seattle. We appreciate everyone who has reached out to share their thoughts, concerns, and support for the proposed safety enhancements.  

When the project began, the goal was to better organize the street, increasing safety for everyone.  To meet this goal, we proposed a design that included bike lanes consistent with recommendations in the Bike Master Plan adopted by City Council in 2014.

In response to the feedback we heard about the design, and based on industry best practices, data analysis, and continued conversations with the community, we’ve chosen to move forward with a new design that includes 1 travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane (north of 65th) and parking maintained on the east side of the street (between NE 47th and NE 85th streets). In addition, we will be making enhancements to the neighborhood greenway on 39th Ave NE.

Better street design can lead to safer streets. The new design helps us improve safety and operations for all travelers on 35th by providing a dedicated space for turning vehicles. We’ve seen decreased vehicle speeds and decreased collision rates on streets with 1 lane in each direction and a center turn lane. Examples include NE 75th StNE 125th St, and Nickerson St. By slowing vehicle speeds and better defining the travel lanes, this helps increase safety for everyone on 35th, including people crossing the street.   

The new design will also allow efficient transit travel through the corridor with southbound buses making in-lane stops at the curb. Based on community feedback, the new design keeps the northbound and southbound bus stops at NE 68th St for riders wanting access at this important location. 

New design description
NE 47th St to NE 65th St Parking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides One lane in each direction No center turn lane given the narrow width of the roadNE 65th St to NE 85th StParking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides One lane in each direction Center turn lane NE 85th St to NE 89th St Parking will be maintained on both sides of the street One lane in each directionCenter turn lane Throughout the corridorPedestrian crossing improvements at 60th St and 80th St, with further evaluation of additional requests after the project is complete New left-turn pockets at NE 75th St as well as space for left-turning vehicles to pull out of the travel lane at many other intersectionsSignage and crossing enhancements on the 39th Ave NE greenway New load zones and short-term parking changes, in coordination with nearby businesses
How did we get here?
Throughout the lifetime of this project, we have continued to receive feedback about the original design and participated in additional conversations with community members for and against this project in an attempt to find common ground. We have heard consistently that safety along this corridor is the neighborhood’s number one priority.   
With a year’s worth of comments, targeted outreach, and additional analysis, we have chosen a new design that reflects the neighborhood priority to enhance safety along 35th. While there would be no protected bike lanes on 35th, people riding in the street would still benefit from slower vehicle speeds and clearly defined travel lanes. We will also be making enhancements to the parallel neighborhood greenway on 39th Ave NE that provides a route for people that prefer to bike on a quieter street. 

To make space for the center turn lane, parking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides.  Throughout this project, we’ve worked with businesses and religious organizations along 35th to better understand parking, loading, and access needs. With the new design, we have decided to prioritize parking on the east side of the street. This decision is based on community feedback and the location of several existing load zones and ADA parking spaces on the east side of the street. We’ve heard that these spaces are critical for people with limited mobility that are attending services at the religious institutions on 35th.
  
What’s next?
We are moving forward to implement this new design in order to improve safety for everyone. The design is conceptual and still needs to be further developed. We’ll share additional details with the community in the coming weeks.

The new design addresses many concerns we’ve heard from the community however, we’ve also heard requests for additional enhancements along the corridor. SDOT is evaluating these requests and will share more information as we have it. We hope to continue developing a strong relationship with community members to help us take a holistic look at future transportation and mobility projects in northeast Seattle. 
 
Construction to resume as early as April 8
Crews plan to return to the project corridor to resume construction activities, including grinding and paving between NE 75th St and NE 89th St as early as April 8. We’ll  share more details about these construction activities in our next email update.
Stay informed
You can find more background about this project on our webpage. Please forward this email to those you think will be interested or share this link to sign up to receive construction updates by email. If you have questions, please contact us at 35thAvePaving@seattle.gov or 206-512-3950.
 
Contact
35th Ave NE Project Outreach Team
Seattle Department of Transportation
Construction information line: (206) 512-3950
35thAvePaving@seattle.gov
www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thNEpaving.htm

Pedestrian Safety / Traffic Calming Improvements coming to Meadowbrook

This summer we are making improvements for kids walking and biking to Rogers Elementary School, Jane Addams M.S., and Nathan Hale H.S. We’re installing:

  • speed humps in the school zones
  • a raised crosswalk across NE 110th St at 34th Ave NE
  • 20 mph flashing beacons on 35th Ave NE and NE 115th St
  • crosswalk beacons at 35th Ave NE & NE 105th St
  • crosswalk beacons at 35th Ave NE in front of the community center
  • crosswalk beacons at Sandpoint Way NE & NE 110th St

The location and design of speed bumps will accommodate fire engines and other emergency response vehicles while reducing speeding for all other vehicles.

These projects are funded by the Safe Routes to School program and the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

Before we install the speed humps, we’ll put out no parking signs at least 3 days before construction, which takes about 2 days.
Questions or comments?

Ashley Rhead | Ashley.Rhead@Seattle.gov and (206) 684-7577 www.seattle.gov/transportation/saferoutes.htm

Meadowbrook Pedestrian Safety / Traffic Calming Improvements (courtesy of SDOT) (click for larger version)

Meadowbrook Community Meeting July 11, 2017 at 7-8:30pm

Welcome to summer! Looks like it’s off to a rather mellow start heat wise. Due to some changes in room usage at the Center, we will be meeting in the upstairs meeting room. Signs will be posted.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Our featured presenter will be Gary Olson who is on the board of Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) and is director of a Citizen Science program that TCA is currently undertaking and, in which yours truly is participating. The program involves the monitoring of Thornton Creek for the presence of E. coli, bacteria which can indicate the presence of pollution by sewage. Samples been collected and analyzed by volunteers for the past 25 weeks. Plans are to run the program for a full year. This study is an extension of that done a few years ago by SPU and is also being overseen by them.
The Sidewalk Committee will host David Burgesser from SDOT, who will report on the new sidewalk construction adjacent to John Rogers Elementary, as well as the numerous other plans for sidewalks, crosswalk, speed-reduction improvements on key (near schools) streets in our neighborhood.

Big change: Ne 110th between 35th and 36th aves will get a temporary asphalt sidewalk next spring due to King County’s plans to build a new bridge in about 7yrs. There will be an update on the Emergency Hub which has had a bit of trouble getting launched. We will also have a brief visit from Tim Motzer, LCNA, who will talk about a petition he is circulating that is urging Parks to dedicate “excess” levy funds to the construction of a badly needed community center for Lake City.

Finally, the Community Garden and Orchards are back in full swing with many vegies being harvested and, as usual, the excess being donated to the North Helpline food bank.
Please mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe
President

NE 95th St Sidewalks Project:Construction Update March 1, 2017

Updates to construction schedule
We appreciate your patience during construction. We are continuing to experience weather delays, but still expect work will wrap up in late March or early April. Please note that the dates listed below are approximate and dependent on weather conditions.
• Drainage work continues throughout the project area. We expect this work to last through at least March 13.
• Crews will begin pouring concrete as early as March 17. They will begin by forming and pouring the curb and gutter along the length of NE 95th St. Curb and gutter is the first step of building new sidewalk.
• As early as March 20, crews will begin grading for sidewalk and driveway construction. We anticipate sidewalk and curb ramps before driveways, as soon as March 27.
• We expect driveway construction will begin as early as March 30. We’ll follow up with homeowners individually to share a sequencing update and provide notification for driveway impacts in advance of this work.
• The landscaping work will follow completion of sidewalk and driveway construction, as early as April 4.

Questions or concerns?
We’ve spoken to many residents about specific access needs or concerns during construction. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing PedestrianImprovements4@seattle.gov or by calling (206) 684-4747. We appreciate your patience during construction. Feel free to forward this email to others you think may be interested or share this link to sign up for construction updates via email.

Best,
Rachel McCaffrey
Community Outreach Lead
PedestrianImprovements4@seattle.gov | 206-684-4747
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sidewalks_NE95thSt.htm

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT January 10th, 2017 7PM-8:30 PM

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 2017, interestingly as in January 2016 and 2015, our featured presenter will be Brian Dougherty of SDOT who this year will provide a spreadsheet of all the various sidewalk and crosswalk projects that are “in the que” for the Meadowbrook area (~ four sidewalks and six crosswalks) along with their various stages of completion. We have had a pretty successful year in getting commitments from SDOT and 2017 is the time to see actual design, construction and completion for most of these projects. A lot of that success, I believe, is attributable to our Sidewalk Committee and the Sidewalk Report we produced and presented to SDOT last May, plus a measured dose of being the ”squeaky wheel.”

The Sidewalk Committee in 2017 will largely be tasked with monitoring and holding SDOT to their commitments, as well as, pursuing the next set of new sidewalks and crosswalks.
In addition to sidewalks, we will be supporting a budding “emergency hub” project headed up by Anne Girvin. Anne will give an update at our Jan. 10th meeting.

Now that District Councils will no longer be supported by the Dept of Neighborhoods and are being bypassed for a new “top down” approach by the Mayor and City Council called the “Community Involvement Commission,” community councils are going to have to figure out how to work with in this new structure, especially when competing for city grants from the Neighborhood Park and Street and Neighborhood Sidewalk funds.

Last, but definitely not least, I, along with Charlene Murray, our Treasurer since 1998, have decided to make 2017 our last year in office, if elected of course! I will have served five years plus one as vice president where I might as well have been president. It’s time to give someone else the opportunity. I will, nonetheless, remain involved.

The election will be held in March, as in past years, but according to our bylaws that we updated last year, in order to vote in March, one must have been current with their dues at the prior meeting or January in this case. So, if you want to vote in March, you need to pay on or before the Jan 10th meeting.
Mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe, President

MCC Meeting Announcement September 15, 2016; 7-8:45pm

MCC Meeting Announcement
For:
September 15, 2016; 7-8:45pm
Please note: Because of a scheduling snafu and subsequent compromise, our meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept 15; same time and place.

I am very pleased that Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) hydrologist, Ms. Katherine Lynch, has agreed to be our featured presenter. She will be talking about the structure and function of a couple of major improvements that have very recently been made to Thornton Creek, a very important drainage in our area. She will discuss improved hydrologic and biologic aspects of the Confluence and Kingfisher (upstream of Fred Schwab) projects. This will be a slideshow and discussion version of her tours of these areas during the Influence of the Confluence event back in June, 2016 for which she received many kudos.

The MCC Sidewalks Committee Update on the status of Ne 110th proposed sidewalks between 39/40Aves Ne, 34/35th Aves Ne, and Ne 113th between 34/35th Aves Ne will be based on a report from Emily Reardon, Community Outreach for Brian Dougherty, which as of this posting I have yet to receive. Meadowbrook and Wedgwood CCs joint proposal for a greenways project on 32nd Ave Ne remains largely in limbo. After school starts, SDOT plans to conduct a census of the number of pedestrians crossing NE 95th at 32 Ave Ne before painting a crosswalk with signage at this location. Because of a sidewalk project from 35th Ave Ne to 32nd Ave Ne, curbs will be put in place.

Regarding our two Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) proposals that were accepted by NDC, SDOT cost summaries indicated that the speed hump proposal at Ne 110th and 34 Ave would cost $100K (unbelievable) and the pedestrian activated crossing beacon at Ne 110th and 35 Ave would cost around $38K. This project was voted second to a project near Fred Meyer which was costed at $79K for a total of $117K. For our project, the extra $28K needed may be funded from other sources.

Wilma Boyd has applied for a Small Sparks Grant from the city for flag material to use at selected street.

Standing reports on the garden, crime and the website will also be presented and ideas on topics for future meetings in 2016 will, as always, be welcome. Agendas will be available at the meeting. Mark your calendars for Sept 15th — Looking forward to seeing you. DK

Lake City Meadowbrook & Matthews Beach Street Resurfacing July-August 2016


Overview

What is Microsurfacing?

Microsurfacing is a protective seal coat which extends the life of pavement. It is a thin, tough layer of asphalt emulsion blended with finely crushed stone for traction.

This is a cost-effective method to renew the road surface and seal minor cracks and other irregularities. This preventive maintenance process protects the pavement from moisture penetration and oxidation.

Similar to painting a house, microsurfacing creates a protective layer which preserves the underlying structure and prevents the need for more expensive repairs in the future.

Microsurfacing is seeing growing use by transportation agencies, including SDOT.
Continue reading

UPDATE 4/20/2016: Sand Point Way Construction

This is an update on the emergency replacement of a retaining wall in the 8500 block of Sand Point Way NE. Please feel free to share with others.

ALL FINISHED FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Traffic on Sand Point Way NE has just been reopened to traffic in both the north and south bound directions and will remain open through the weekend.

The detour for north bound traffic will be re-established on Monday morning at 6:30AM. The northbound detour will be in effect Monday through Saturday during the month of April between 6:30AM and 3:30PM, and will begin just north of the NOAA Drive.

South bound traffic will NOT be detoured off Sand Point Way, but drivers should remain cautious and attentive to flaggers present. Slow moving heavy equipment will occasionally be on site, although most work activity will be out of sight on the eastern vertical face of the new wall. Additional pictures of the work will be posted to the project website sometime Monday. Continue reading

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)