A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Apply by Aug. 18 to create your own mini-park for annual PARK(ing) Day

July 20th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is accepting applications to create temporary mini-parks in on-street parking spaces for the 11th annual PARK(ing) Day on Sept. 15.

Applicants could be a business that wants to create a “streatery” out front, or a neighborhood group with a great idea for a “parklet” that activates the space.

New this year, community groups can apply for a Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Fund of up to $5,000 to create a PARK(ing) Day park. Applications to the Small Sparks Fund are due by Aug. 7.

You don’t have to be a professional architect or drafter to create a PARK(ing) Day spot. Just a simple sketch on the application will do.

If you need inspiration, check out the PARK(ing) Day Gallery of past installations.

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Reminder: SDOT meeting tomorrow on upgrades to Holman Road/13th Avenue intersection and removal of pedestrian bridge

July 18th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW, in the gym, to get community feedback on its plans for major upgrades to the intersection of Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW.

Those plans include a new pedestrian and bicycle signal, additional lighting at the nearby bus stop, and a possible new public plaza on the NE corner, where the pedestrian bridge stairs are now. The proposal also calls for demolishing the pedestrian bridge, which has some community members concerned.

You can more about SDOT’s plan on its blog, which includes numbers of how many pedestrian use the overpass and the street crossing at various times of the day.

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Public meeting July 19 on SDOT’s proposal to remove pedestrian ramp when renovating traffic signals on Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW

July 10th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is planning major upgrades to the intersection of Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW, including a new pedestrian and bicycle signal, additional lighting at the nearby bus stop, and a possible new public plaza on the NE corner, where the pedestrian bridge stairs are now.

But the proposal also calls for demolishing the pedestrian bridge. Many community members have expressed concern that many pedestrians feel safer using that bridge while crossing to and from Crown Hill Center and nearby Whitman Middle School, so SDOT will hold a public meeting with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to discuss more about the plan.

The meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW, in the gym.

“You’ll get to learn more about why the current design is recommended, have your questions answered about why we’d consider removing the pedestrian overpass, and discuss how the street would operate with these changes,” according to the press release.

You can more about SDOT’s plan on its blog, which includes numbers of how many pedestrian use the overpass and the street crossing at various times of the day.

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Street work along NW 80th Street in Ballard today through Monday

March 30th, 2017 by Doree

If you’re heading west on NW 80th Street into Ballard over the next few days, be aware that Seattle Public Utilities will close the intersections at 17th Avenue NW and 26th Avenue NW from 8 a.m. today through 6 a.m. on Monday.

Traffic will be detoured along 15th Avenue NW, 24th Avenue NW and 32nd Avenue NW.

The approved traffic plan requires vehicles traveling on arterial streets to detour on arterials streets.

This work is weather dependent and schedule is subject to change.

The contractor will be replacing concrete street panels as one of the final closeout items for the Ballard Natural Drainage Systems project. Learn more about the project at www.seattle.gov/cso/ballard

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SDOT hosting community meetings for new east-west neighborhood greenway from Crown Hill to Northgate

January 31st, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting three community meetings to present its new east-west neighborhood greenway, the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway & School Safety Project. The greenway will be built in 2018 and will connect Crown Hill, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Northgate.

You can see a map of the route here.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave. NW, and will focus on plans to get people safely across Holman Road NW and NW 92nd St. Coffee provided.
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., and will focus on safely crossing Aurora Avenue North at North 92nd Street with a new crossing signal. All ages are welcome; soft drinks provided; beer available for purchase.
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Monkey Business Preschool, 9728 Greenwood Ave. N. #B, and will focus on safely crossing Greenwood Avenue NW at NW 100th Street with a new crossing signal. Coffee provided.

The route emphasizes avoiding the steepest hills and prioritizes streets with lower vehicle speeds and volumes.

All of the neighborhood greenway streets will prioritize people walking and biking, and improve crossings of busy streets. We are responding to the requests for reduced cut through traffic with changes to the intersection of N 100th St and Greenwood Ave N and calming traffic along the route with speed humps where feasible.

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Be ready for traffic and transit delays tonight because of Seahawks game at CenturyLink

December 15th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Thursday) the Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams at 5:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

Traffic is expected to be a mess, whether you’re trying to commute home or get into the city for the game. Metro Transit is expecting service delays mostly in SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square, downtown Seattle and adjacent areas, however, nearby areas could see service delays as well.

So pack your patience and leave extra time to get where you’re going.

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Greenwood Avenue lane striping scheduled for Monday night

October 7th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will stripe the newly-paved lanes of Greenwood Avenue North between North 112th and 125th streets on Monday night, weather permitting. If delayed by rain, crews will try to stripe on Tuesday night.

Road crews also will replace vehicle detection equipment in the pavement on Greenwood Avenue at North 117th and North 125th streets during the day on Wednesday, which will require some short term lane closures.

Crews also will be doing small-scale work at the intersections of North 115th, 117th, 122nd, and 125th streets next week.

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International PARK(ing) Day brings three temporary park sites to Greenwood Friday and Saturday

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

International PARK(ing) Day Plus+, where small sections of streets are turned into temporary parks for a day or two, is happening this Friday and Saturday, with three sites in Greenwood.

Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney will put up a site at 8100 Greenwood Ave. N. on Saturday, and Green Bean Coffeehouse at 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., plans to “paint the neighborhood green” on Saturday.

Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and Coyle’s Bakeshop have teamed up for an installation at Greenwood Avenue North and North 83rd Street, with a pop-up park in front of the bakery, temporary curb bulbs at the intersection and other amenities across 83rd at Luso Food and Wine. The project is funded partly by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

In addition to providing a fun public space to hang out in our thriving local business district, our installation seeks to temporarily improve the safety of the unmarked crosswalk on Greenwood Ave at 83rd, particularly for pedestrians. N 83rd Street is a proposed future greenway in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan and connects to other key routes as well as to two nearby elementary schools. Making the crossing safer and more visible will enhance our community by improving mobility options for those not driving (especially children and their families walking and biking to schools), and will support the growing business district by improving access to the businesses.

One way to make it safer for pedestrians to cross a busy street is to shorten the crossing distance and make them more visible to people driving. This can be achieved by creating curb bulbs, which we’ll be doing as a temporary demonstration project. The curb bulbs will bring the edges of the crosswalk out to the near edge of the bike lane, where cyclists and drivers are better able to see people waiting to cross the street. As it is currently designed, people waiting to cross are obscured by cars parked close to the crosswalk, creating a hazard.

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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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