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Correction: All lanes of NW 85th Street between 15th and 8th will reopen on Wednesday

Editor’s Note: The original headline misstated the day that the lanes would reopen. It should have said Wednesday.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has finished paving and striping on NW 85th Street between 15th Avenue NW and 8th Avenue NW, and all lanes will be open to traffic on this stretch of road on Wednesday. (Crews will come back at some point to replace several concrete panels in the parking lane, and complete some asphalt paving near the 12th Avenue NW intersection.)
Also starting on Wednesday, eastbound detours will be in place on N/NW 85th Street between 8th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North. All eastbound traffic will be rerouted to N/NW 80th Street via 8th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North. One westbound lane will be maintained on N/NW 85th Street. That detour should remain until the end of May.
Also starting this week is paving on Greenwood Avenue North, between North 85th Street and North 73rd Street. SDOT will keep one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained; but on-street parking will be removed during this work, which will last six to eight weeks. It will be finished before the Greenwood Car Show at the end of June.
If you ride Metro, look for Rider Alerts at bus stops, and check out rerouting information on Metro’s website (it’s not up yet, but will be soon).
SDOT is hosting two informal drop-in sessions at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., where you can talk one-on-one with the project team.

  • Monday, April 23, from 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

Remember that all businesses are open during construction!