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Crews finishing paving of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and 105th streets this week

May 4th, 2016 by Doree

This week road crews are finishing final paving on the east and west side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd Street and North 105th Street. Crews will also spend this week and next painting pavement markings, installing signs and other clean-up activities along that corridor. Crews will return in June for any final clean-up, landscaping, and other finish work, such as installing railings.

Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pedestrians may be detoured around work zones, and on-street parking and side street access could be restricted during work hours.

The affected side streets are the east side of N 103rd St, both sides of N 92nd St, and both sides of N 97th St. These side streets will be closed at the intersection with Greenwood Ave N for a few hours each. Only one street will be closed at a time.

Final paving work involves removing old pavement and pouring new pavement, which requires partial closure of driveways and walkways for a few hours. Crews will preserve driveway access by working on one half of a driveway at a time and/or placing a steel plate for drivers to pass over.

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Metro buses 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E rerouted off southbound Aurora Monday and Tuesday nights

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Metro routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted off of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Dexter Way North and Denny Way overnight Monday and Tuesday due to construction.

The reroutes will happen from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

During this time, heading toward downtown Seattle these routes will travel instead via Dexter Way N, Dexter Av N, 7th Av, Bell St, 6th Av and Wall St, then on to their regular routes.

Heading toward their north end destinations, these routes are not affected and will serve their regular routes and stops.

The lane closures are because Washington State Department of Transportation is installing supports for the overhead signs for the future State Route 99 tunnel. All traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

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Metro Transit adding trips to ease overcrowding on Route 28 Express

April 8th, 2016 by Doree

Metro Transit will add trips to several bus routes, including Route 28 Express, beginning Monday to help ease overcrowding at peak commute times after spring service revisions went into effect on March 26.

Route 28X, adding two morning trips, one afternoon trip on weekdays

Since the service change, Metro heard the most customer comments regarding weekday crowding on Route 28X. Route 28 and 28X were combined, and Route 28X now provides two-way, all day service via Aurora Avenue and North 39th Street in Fremont. Though it was scheduled with 10-minute service from 7-8 a.m. on weekdays, transitioning to 15-minute service at 8 a.m., rider demand shows it needs additional trips to serve riders trying to arrive in downtown Seattle in the weekday morning rush hours. New morning trips will be targeted between 7 and 9 a.m. to serve the portion of the route south of Holman Road.

Due to high weekday rider demand in the 5 p.m. travel window, when trips were scheduled 10 minutes apart, Metro is moving to add one trip and group together three trips to leave about 6 to 7 minutes apart.

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Metro Route 5 Express routed off eastbound NW 85th Street at 3rd Avenue NW today through Sept. 9

March 28th, 2016 by Doree

Beginning today through Sept. 9, Metro Route 5 Express will be rerouted off of eastbound NW 85th Street at 3rd Avenue NW, due to construction that will restrict traffic turning right from NW 85th Street onto Greenwood Avenue.

Southbound Route 5 Express to downtown Seattle will instead travel via 3rd Avenue NW to NW 80th Street, to Greenwood Avenue and then back to its regular route toward downtown. The northbound route will not be affected.

That means the bus will miss stops eastbound on North 85th Street at 1st Avenue NW and southbound on Greenwood Avenue North at North 85th Street. Bus riders should use the stops southbound on 3rd Avenue NW at NW 89th Street and southbound on Greenwood Avenue North at North 80th Street.

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Metro bus changes coming this weekend to neighborhood routes 5, 28 and 48

March 24th, 2016 by Doree

Metro’s spring service revisions begin Saturday on dozens of routes, including the 5, 28 and 48 in our neighborhood. Route 48 is changing to help buses work better with Sound Transit’s new Link light rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. That route will be broken into two separate routes, with buses coming more often on both.

The north part of Route 48, between the University District and Loyal Heights, will become new Route 45….The south part of Route 48, between the University District and the Mount Baker Transit Center, will remain as is, except that it will serve two new bus stops in each direction on NE Pacific St just west of Montlake Blvd NE (near the University of Washington Link station). Riders can transfer to and from Route 45 at the bus stops on NE Pacific St between Montlake Blvd NE and 15th Ave NE. Buses will come more often on weekdays and weekends.

Watch a video about how to transfer between Route 48 and Link light rail at University of Washington Station.

Route 45 (NEW)
The north part of Route 48, between the University District and Loyal Heights, will become new Route 45. On weekdays and Sunday, Route 45 will run northbound on University Way NE, NE Ravenna Blvd and 12th Ave NE between NE Pacific St and NE 65th St. Routing to and from NE 65th St and Loyal Heights will remain the same as current Route 48. Southbound, Route 45 will run between NE 65th St and NE Pacific St on Roosevelt Way NE, NE Ravenna Blvd and University Way NE. It will not serve 15th Ave NE in either direction on weekdays or Sunday. On Saturday only, because of the closure of University Way NE between NE 50th and NE 52nd streets for the University District Farmers Market, northbound Route 45 will use 15th Ave NE in both directions between NE 50th St and NE Ravenna Blvd, with stops at NE 52nd St and NE Ravenna Blvd. On weekdays, buses for routes 45, 71, 73 and 373 will come every 7-8 minutes to and from University Way NE and the new University of Washington Link station. When the University of Washington is not in session, fewer trips will be canceled than with current Route 48.

Route 28 will be combined with Route 28X.

The combined route, Route 28X, will follow a revised express pathway to downtown Seattle via N 39th Street and Aurora Avenue N.

It will operate all day on weekdays and weekends.

It will continue to provide service between Broadview and downtown Seattle via Carkeek Park during peak periods only.

Riders who currently board on NW Market Street will board on 8th Avenue NW.

Between Fremont and downtown Seattle, use new Route 62 (formerly Route 16) via Dexter Avenue N or Route 40 via Westlake Avenue.

To get to and from downtown Seattle, use routes 28X, 40 or 62. Route 28X will serve N 39th St, Leary Way NW and 8th Ave NW and will not serve the eastbound stop on NW Market St at 8th Ave NW. New southbound stops to downtown Seattle will be added at NW Leary Way & NW 43rd St, on N 39th St at Greenwood Ave N and Dayton Ave N, on the Aurora Ave N on-ramp at N 38th St and on Aurora Ave N at Galer St. New northbound stops to Carkeek Park and/or Broadview will be added at Aurora Ave N & Galer St, Aurora Ave N off-ramp at N 38th St, N 39th St & Evanston Ave N, N 39th St & Phinney Ave N, Leary Way NW & 6th Ave NW, 8th Ave NW & NW 45th St and 8th Ave NW & NW 50th St.

Route 5 Express is adding one northbound trip to Greenwood that will leave 4th Avenue South and South Jackson Street at 4 p.m.

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WSDOT finishes State Route 99/Aurora Avenue lane closures one week early

March 1st, 2016 by Doree

Washington State Department of Transportation has finished its work on concrete foundations for overhead traffic signs on State Route 99/Aurora Avenue more than a week ahead of schedule. That means the around-the-clock lane closures at Comstock Street near the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel have ended.

Lane closures will happen again sometime this spring when crews erect the 24-foot-tall, 7,000-pound metal sign structures.

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Focus Session on Safe Routes to Schools for Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School, and Licton Springs K-8 on Sunday

February 29th, 2016 by Doree

Licton-Haller Greenways is hosting a follow up to an online survey conducted in January and February about safe routes to the three new schools being built on the old Wilson-Pacific site at 1330 N. 90th St., just across Aurora Avenue from Greenwood. The meeting is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Blue Building, on the second floor. It is wheelchair accessible via the elevator.

This focus group will look at maps to explore issues and brainstorm potential solutions. Anyone whose child will attend any of the schools, as well as nearby businesses and residents, are encouraged to attend.

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Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets Monday to discuss growth, congestion, parking

February 1st, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the 74th Street Ale House to discuss growth, congestion and parking. Everyone is welcome.

Committee members will use examples of increased congestion and parking issues in our neighborhood as a jumping off point to discuss city parking policies.

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SDOT now in Phase 2 of Greenwood transit and sidewalk project

January 25th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has finished the first phase of its Greenwood Avenue North Transit and Sidewalk Project and has moved into Phase 2.

During Phase 1, crews built new sidewalks and curb ramps that are ADA accessible along the east side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd Street and North 97th Street, and between North 104th Street and North 105th Street.

Crews will now work from south to north along the corridor installing new sidewalks, planting strips, and curb ramps on the east side of Greenwood Avenue between North 97th Street and North 104th Street. After that, crews will install new bus islands, shelters, lighting and other improvements between North 90th Street and North 103rd Street. The project is expected to be finished in April.

See the project webpage for complete details of the project, including construction fact sheets.

If you’d like to sign up to receive construction updates, email GreenwoodAve@seattle.gov.

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