Central Area Neighborhood Greenway installation
begins week of February 23
SEATTLE –The Seattle Department of Transportation will begin construction the week of Feb. 23on Phase 1 of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway, in time for completion this spring. Phase 1 will run between South Jackson and East John streets along 25th Avenue, 22nd Avenue, and 21st Avenue East.
Much of the work to be done involves repair or upgrade of curb ramps and sidewalks at arterial intersections. Crews will work south to north, one intersection at a time, at the following locations:
- 25th Avenue and East Yesler Way
- 25th Avenue and East Cherry Street
- 25th Avenue and East Columbia Street
- 22nd Avenue and East Madison Street
- 21st Avenue East and East John Street
Typical working hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. One of four crosswalks at each intersection will be closed during ramp construction. In addition, temporary on-street parking restrictions will be necessary to complete the work. Pedestrian and vehicle detours and signage will be provided.
Other elements of Phase 1 greenway implementation include:
- Bicycle pavement markings on the route
- Stop signs on all streets crossing the greenway
- Flashing beacons for pedestrians and bicycles at arterial crossings: 25th Avenue and East Yesler Way; 25th Avenue and East Cherry Street
- Enhanced pedestrian traffic signal at 22nd Avenue and East Union Street
- Approximately one speed hump per block on the route
Neighborhood greenways are residential streets made safer and calmer for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride bikes. Greenways can provide access to schools, trails, parks, transit, and neighborhood businesses.
The Central Area Neighborhood Greenway will run on residential streets adjacent to 23rd Avenue between East Roanoke Street and Rainier Avenue South. SDOT selected the greenway route with the help of extensive community input gathered at open houses, drop-in sessions, presentations, and briefings. Phase 2 and 3 (the south and north ends of the greenway, respectively) will be implemented in late 2015.
Funding for the $4 million Central Area Neighborhood Greenway project comes from a combination of local, state, and federal sources.