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Partial closure of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street intersection for drainage improvements this week

September 28th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is working on drainage improvements at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street this week. SDOT made extensive pedestrian safety improvements to that intersection this summer.

The east side of the intersection will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Drivers should follow detour signs. Local access will be maintained at all times. The work is expected to take about one week.

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Be ready for significant traffic delays and detours Tuesday through Thursday

September 21st, 2015 by Doree

China’s President Xi Jinping is arriving in Seattle on Tuesday, which means traffic will suddenly be stopped or detoured to allow safe passage for his police-escorted motorcade through Thursday. (He is receiving Secret Service protection similar to the U.S. President.)

Seattle Department of Transportation has said Xi’s schedule will not be known ahead of time for security reasons, making it very difficult for drivers and bus riders to prepare. SDOT is advising people to work from home if possible, and allow extra time for travel.

Wednesday is expected to be the worst day for traffic due to Jinping’s schedule, as well as the Sounders’ match at CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m.

From Metro:

Buses on 22 routes that travel on Stewart and Virginia streets will be rerouted all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and early Thursday. Routes 25, 64, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 83, 106, 150, 177, 178, 190, 192, 252, 257, 268, 304, 308, 311, 355 and Sound Transit 545 are affected only when they are scheduled to operate via Stewart or Virginia streets.

Additionally, intermittent brief street closures and traffic slowdowns will affect travel time on area arterials and freeways. Transit service may not be able to operate on schedule during these closures, and real time departures may not report accurately in some transit apps.

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Ballard Summer Parkways is tomorrow, extends into Greenwood-Phinney

September 18th, 2015 by Doree

This is the first year for Seattle Department of Transportation’s Summer Parkways events, which closes down several miles of streets to vehicles and opens them up for walkers, bikers and skaters to enjoy live music, family activities, puppet shows, skateboard demos, arts and crafts, and more.

Ballard Summer Parkways is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and covers seven miles, extending into the western edge of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood to hit 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park.

Ballard Map-resized

Here’s a list of organized activities at neighborhood parks:

Ballard Corners Park:

  • Live music by local buskers
  • Croquet from the Friends and neighbors of Ballard Corners and Groundswell NW

6th Ave. NW Pocket Park:

  • Puppet shows and clowning with Duo Finelli

Ballard Commons Park:

  • Orca Lift and Orca To-Go with King County Metro
  • Sustainable Ballard Festival
  • Skateboard demos and lessons from Skate Like A Girl
  • Bike and pet parade starting at 2 p.m.

Salmon Bay Park:

  • Live music all day
  • Tasty Vibes food truck
  • Mayoral press event and ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.
  • Mobility bike fleet from Outdoors For All
  • Bike activities with Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Zorba Ball from Seattle Parks and Recreation

Loyal Heights Playfields:

  • Buskers
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Dodge Ball tournament in the Community Center beginning at 12 p.m.
  • Arts and crafts
  • Balleywood Creamery Ice Cream

Sunset Hill:

  • Harp music
  • Tai Chi
  • Zen Zone

14th Ave Future Park:

  • East Ballard Community Association
  • “How to Grow a Park”
  • Cold lemonade or hot coffee

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Road closures at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street for pedestrian improvements begin today

July 6th, 2015 by Doree

Beginning today, Seattle Department of Transportation will close the east and west sides of the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place to traffic, as crews continue making pedestrian safety improvements as part of the West Woodland Pedestrian Safety Improvements Project.

This closure will be in place 24 hours a day until the projected is completed by mid-August, but local access will be maintained. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured.

Check the project website for more information, or sign up for project email updates.

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Reminder: Pedestrian improvements to 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th St starting today

June 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation began making pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place today (Monday), as part of its Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools program.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety, especially for West Woodland Elementary students
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th
  • Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

3rd Ave & 56th St improvements June 2015

Work will take about eight weeks, depending on the weather. Construction will result in short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW; temporary road closures on NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place (residential access will be maintained); temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas; and tree trimming at intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street. Work will typically be done between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, with some weekend work possible.

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Pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW at NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place could begin next week

June 8th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will begin making pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place as early as next Monday, June 15. It’s part of SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools programs, and should make it safer for West Woodland Elementary students to get to school.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th
  • Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

3rd Ave & 56th St improvements June 2015

Work will take about eight weeks, depending on the weather. Construction will result in short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW; temporary road closures on NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place (residential access will be maintained); temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas; and tree trimming at intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street. Work will typically be done between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, with some weekend work possible.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday for board elections, transportation presentation

April 30th, 2015 by Doree

A Seattle Department of Transportation representative will give a presentation on proposed projects in our neighborhood at the Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The transportation discussion will be followed by final nominations and election for PRCC’s board of directors. Nominations will be taken until 8 p.m. that night. You can email nominations to dduthweiler@comcast.net, or nominate in person at the meeting.

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday

April 20th, 2015 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The meeting is open to the public.

Special guest will be Scott Kubly, director of Seattle Department of Transportation. On the agenda is the draft transportation levy, Safe Routes to School, and Broadview Sewer and Drainage Improvement Project.

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Road crews will pave NW 87th St from Greenwood to Phinney avenues Thursday and Friday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will pave NW 87th Street from Greenwood to Phinney avenues on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

The street will remain open for local access and through traffic will be detoured. The sidewalk on the south side of Northwest 87th Street will be closed while the crews install a new curb ramp. Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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