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New Protected Bike Lane on Roosevelt is in the Works

January 26th, 2015 by master

Interim PBL in action south of 45th on Roosevelt Way NE

Changes are coming to Roosevelt Way NE. To bicycle riders, this comes as a relief, although to some motorist, there will definitely have to be some adjusting!

Hopefully, after letting go of lost parking spots, motorist will be able to appreciate this change that addresses major safety issues for bicyclists everyday. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) there has been 21 collisions involving people riding bikes over the past four years.

Right now, there is an interim Protected Bike Lane on Roosevelt Way between NE 45th Street and the north end of the University Bridge. If you are concerned, perplexed or interested in what this PBL might mean for your commute, here is some information you might find helpful.

What You Need To Know:

SDOT is repaving Roosevelt Way NE between Fuhrman Ave NE and NE 65th Street and adding safety improvements this fall 2015 to spring 2016.   In addition, they are adding a one-way protected bike lane (PBL) on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE, transit reliability improvements and pedestrian improvements.

What is a Protected Bike Lane (PBL)?

PBL’s physically separate people riding bikes from people driving and are distinct from the sidewalk, adding predictability for all travelers.

Images Courtesy of SDoT website

Why Do we Need or Want a PBL?

According SDoT, the goal of a PBL is to create a safer environment for bicyclists and pedestrians:

  • Safety for all travelers
    • People biking – separate bicyclists from travel lanes and parking maneuvers
    • People walking – separate bicycles from pedestrians
    • People driving – provide predictability within the street

They also add that their goal is to:

  • Improve safety, as people are no longer riding bikes in the “door zone”
  • Add connections to a citywide bicycle network and multimodal system at:
    • NE 47th Street, which connects people to the University Neighborhood Greenway
    • Ravenna Boulevard where SDOT is upgrading the buffered bike lane to a protected bike lane this year
    • NE 65th Street, where the new Link Light Rail Station is under construction
  • Improve transit reliability by adding in-lane bus stops (transit islands)
  • Create more space for people waiting for the bus by adding transit islands
Check out this Handy Animation from SDoT on how to park by a PBL:

Courtesy of SDoT

If you have some experiences with this new Bike Lane, we would love to hear about them in the comments below!

Happy and Safe Travels Out There!

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Project to repair NE Ravenna Boulevard starts next week

March 16th, 2012 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation will begin a project this month to repair, repave and improve well worn NE Ravenna Boulevard between 15th Avenue NE and Green Lake.

Construction crews will be on the road starting as soon as March 21 and will work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m and occasionally at night. The project will happen in two phases with the first happening between I-5 and Green Lake and the second between 15th Avenue NE and I-5. In each phase they’ll work on the westbound lanes first then shift to the eastbound lanes. Crews will keep one lane open most of the time but SDOT says there will be times when one or two block detours will be needed. The bike lane will also be closed at times but signs will direct riders through or around the work zone.

The project includes repairing the roadway base, replacing the asphalt overlay, upgrading pedestrian curb ramps. The project also includes a new curb bulb at E. Green Lake Drive N and N.E. 71st Street. The bulb will reduce the amount of time it takes pedestrians to cross the street.

For more information: SDOT’s project webpage.

Courtesy Seattle Department of Transportation

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Cowen Park bridge work continues

January 26th, 2012 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation is still working to repair the 15th Avenue NE Bridge over Cowen Park. The southbound right lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Feb. 3, except on Monday, Jan. 30.

Crews are using an under bridge inspection truck to repair areas where concrete has broken away.

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Bridge repairs starting up at Cowen Park

January 3rd, 2012 by master

SDOT will close one southbound lane of the 15th Avenue NE bridge over Cowen Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 3 through January 6 for repairs. The bridge is located between Cowen Place NE and NE 62nd Street.

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Pedestrian safety project starts at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 43rd Street

October 31st, 2011 by master

The Seattle Department of Transporation is about to kick-off a small pedestrian safety project in the U-District.

Tomorrow, crews will begin installing curb bulbs, ramps and crosswalks at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 43rd Street. If you frequently walk through this intersection, you’ll need to know that the sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians detoured around the construction area.

Work will happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily for about two weeks.

SDOT says this is one of 50 crossing improvements they’ll install this year throughout the city.

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Husky Football, NE 45th Street Viaduct work could cause traffic tie-ups

October 12th, 2011 by master

With Husky Football on Saturday and SDOT work on Sunday, U-District drivers should plan ahead if they want to avoid sitting in traffic this weekend.

UW Husky Marching Band plays Greek Row

The first event to watch out for starts at  8:45 p.m. this Friday when the UW Husky Marching Band will march from campus through Greek Row. They’ll cross NE 45th Street to head north along 21st Avenue NE, turn west on NE 47th Street, south on 17th Avenue NE and then cross NE 45th Street again to get back to campus. Exect the roads around the route to be closed from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

UW Husky Football

On Saturday, October 15 some 70,000 UW Football fans will make their way in and out of Husky Stadium to watch the Huskies’ first Pac-12 conference game of the season against the Colorado Buffaloes. The game starts at 12:30 and will run to about 3:30 or 4 p.m.. Expect heavy traffic near the stadium as the crowd leaves. While it’s not likely to add to any traffic woes on game day, WSDOT is also planning to close the SR 520 bridge from 8 p.m. Saturday, until 5 a.m. Monday. SR 520 will still be open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5.

NE 45th Street Viaduct lane closures on Sunday

Sunday drivers may want to avoid NE 45th Street between the UW campus and U-Village during the day. SDOT plans to install expansion joints on the NE 45th Street Viaduct from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work crews will close two of the bridge’s three lanes and will alternate both directions of traffic in the remaining lane. Needless to say it could be slow going.

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Traffic alert for Saturday

June 8th, 2011 by master

If you aren’t attending Saturday’s graduation ceremonies at the UW, you’ll want to keep clear of Montlake. 40,000 people are expected at Husky Stadium. Gates open at 12:30 with the ceremony starting at 1:30pm and ending around 4:30.

Expect heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic surrounding the stadium between noon and 6 p.m. SDOT anticipates congestion on I-5 through the University District and on SR-520.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Seattle Police will set up traffic controls closing Montlake Boulevard between NE Pacific and NE 45th streets to through traffic to help move cars parked in the stadium lots out of the area after the ceremonies. Traffic approaching the closure will be detoured around the area. This restriction, which is similar to traffic routing for Husky football games, will be in effect until approximately 5:30 p.m. Southbound traffic headed for the UW Hospital should take 15th Avenue NE to NE Pacific Street. Those traveling northbound to the hospital may travel across the Montlake Bridge and will turn left on NE Pacific Street. However, motorists are urged to avoid the Montlake Bridge if possible and take the University Bridge or I-5 (Ship Canal Bridge) instead.

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Parking changes come to the U-District

April 4th, 2011 by master

The on-street paid parking rate is changing in the University District. This month, the rate will be going from $2/hr to $1.50/hr.

At the same time the parking rate change occurs, you’ll be able to use the next-day pre-payment option. Pay stations will open at 10PM to sell parking tickets for the following morning, allowing greater convenience for both neighborhood visitors and residents leaving their car parked overnight.

Between May and September, there will be an extension of paid parking hours until 8PM in neighborhoods with active nightlife and high evening parking demand, including the U-District. For more information on all these changes, click here.

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New road project set to start in U-District

March 31st, 2011 by master

During the week of April 4, SDOT will start work to repave the intersection of NE 55th Street/Ravenna Boulevard/22nd Avenue NE near Ravenna Park. The project includes repaving NE 55th Street from 22nd Avenue NE to 25th Avenue NE, reconfiguration of the intersection to make it safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, new curb bulbs, pedestrian ramps and restriped crosswalks, and a new bike lane on NE 55th Street. Work should wrap up in June. You can track the project here.

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15th Ave NE construction update

February 6th, 2011 by master

This month, crews will continue to work between NE Pacific St and NE 45th St to reconstruct the roadway. Look for the southbound curb lane to be completed between NE 43rd St and NE 45th St and progress on additional lanes between NE Pacific St and NE 45th Street.

SDOT photo

Work activities in February will include:

·         Completion of both southbound lanes between NE Pacific St and NE 45th St

·         Demolition of existing roadway and reconstruction of new concrete pavement on additional lanes between NE Pacific & NE 45th St

·         Sidewalk replacement in areas along the west side of 15th Ave NE between NE Pacific St and NE 45th St

·         Installation of new electrical conduit behind the curbs

You can track the project here.

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