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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35th Ave NE Project: Construction Update (04/05/19)

Construction on 35th Ave NE to resume on April 8
Crews plan to restart construction for the 35th Ave NE Project between NE 75th and NE 89th streets on April 8. Please read below for detailed information about upcoming work.

Overview of upcoming work as of April 5, 2019
Zone C (between NE 75th and NE 89th streets):

On Monday, April 8, crews plan to begin grinding the top several inches of asphalt to prepare for paving. This work is expected to take approximately 2-3 days to complete. Once crews finish grinding, we will use street sweepers to clean-up the work area. Then we will make any additional repairs to the street base and upgrade the remaining curb ramps at NE 75th St and NE 89th St.  

During grinding and base repair work, you can expect the following: 

  • NEW: Northbound detour: We have received an updated plan from the contractor and wanted to share it with the community prior to work starting. On April 8, 35th Ave NE will be open to southbound traffic only between NE 75th and NE 95th streets. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Sand Point Way NE between NE 75th and NE 95th streets. 
    • Trucks and other drivers that are traveling through the area may also use eastbound NE 65th St to Sand Point Way NE as a detour route  
    • The detour provides space on 35th for crews to work safely . The detour route to Sand Point Way NE is necessary because of the limited number of arterial streets in this area. It is also one of the few routes that accommodates truck traffic.
  • Temporary driveway closures for up to 1 hour as the grinding machine passes

Please follow detour signs for everyone’s safety. During previous detours, we’ve heard concerns from your neighbors about cut-through traffic on side streets. Please follow the posted detour route and if you must use side streets to reach your home, please drive slowly and watch out for one another.

  • Parking restrictions: Street parking will be closed on both sides of the street, 24/7 until construction is finished, between NE 75th and NE 89th streets
    • Please read the restrictions listed on the no parking signs for details to avoid being ticketed or towed
  • Limited turns to / from side streets and driveways on 35th Ave NE between NE 75th and 89th streets: Side street access will be limited to establish a safe work area
  • Temporary bus stop closures and reroutes: Get the latest information at King County Metro Alerts
  • Typical work hours: Weekdays from 7 AM – 7 PM
Detour map

25th Ave NE Paving Project
We’re coordinating with the 25th Ave NE Paving Project as they plan for final paving overnight in early April. During nighttime paving on 25th Ave NE, northbound traffic from 25th Ave NE will be detoured to 35th Ave NE south of NE 65th St. For the latest construction information, please see our construction email update archive

A new design for 35th Ave NE 
Last month, we announced a new design for the 35th Ave NE Project. If you would like to learn more about the how the design has changed, please visit our project webpage
 or read our blog post.
Stay informed
We know that construction projects like this can be disruptive and we appreciate those of you that reached out to us during the winter with questions and concerns. Our goal is to work as efficiently as possible to complete the remaining construction activities. Thank you for your patience. 

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

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