Last community meeting before work begins on $46 million+ overhaul of 23rd Ave

2014_0115_Greenways_map_v401You party animal. We know what you want to do with your Friday night — help plan the glorious, multi-modal future of the 23rd Ave corridor. Details on a Friday night community meeting to talk about the changes are below. CHS wrote about the 23rd Ave greenway opportunity here. The cool kids in the Central District, Montlake and eastern Capitol Hill call it the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway.

Here’s part of what’s coming to make 23rd a fully functioning major artery in a growing part of the city: “After reviewing data and soliciting community input, SDOT will redesign 23rd Avenue between E John Street and Rainier Avenue S to three lanes – two lanes in each direction with a center-turn lane.” Add the greenway’s “mix of signage, pavement markings, speed bumps, roundabouts and other traffic-calming features” and you’re talking about some big opportunities for positive change.

The full $46 million+ project is planned to have construction wrapping up before the end of 2017.

A “Frequently Asked Questions” document from SDOT about the 23rd Ave changes is also below.

Take 20 minutes for 23rd Avenue

Maribel-at-mtg-DSC_7204-RESIZEWe’re excited about our plans for the 23rd Avenue corridor – and we’ve taken our show on the road! This week we’ve been at the Douglass-Truth Library and SOAR having great conversations with Central Area neighbors.

We hope you can join us at our final session tomorrow, January 31 at the Miller Park Community Center from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Check out our project website for more info. See you real soon!

About our work in the 23rd corridor area

Beginning in fall 2014, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to begin constructing corridor improvements on 23rd Avenue as well as implementing a neighborhood greenway in the area. Investing in these important projects means improving safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bike riders – plus faster and more reliable transit in the corridor.

The condition of 23rd Avenue creates a poor environment for the many vehicles, transit users, bike riders, and pedestrians who use the corridor today. Since early 2013, SDOT has been reviewing existing traffic data in the area and asking for community input about how improvements to the 23rd Avenue corridor could balance the needs of all users.

On streets with fewer than 25,000 vehicles per day, redesigning a street from four lanes to three can have many safety and mobility benefits, including:

  • Reducing collisions
  • Reducing speeding
  • Allowing vehicles to turn without blocking traffic
  • Managing drivers cutting in and out of lanes
  • Creating space for wider sidewalks
  • Making streets easier to cross, and
  • Make it easier for larger vehicles (e.g. buses) to travel

After reviewing data and soliciting community input, SDOT will redesign 23rd Avenue between E John Street and Rainier Avenue S to three lanes – two lanes in each direction with a center-turn lane.

More info

www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_ave.htm

www.seattle.gov/transportation/centralgreenway.htm.

23rdAveCorridor@seattle.gov

(206) 684-7963 (Maribel Cruz, Outreach Lead)

2014 23rd FAQs Final by Chs Blog

10 thoughts on “Last community meeting before work begins on $46 million+ overhaul of 23rd Ave

  1. Thanks for the great write up. Love the way you open it.

    Typo alert:

    SDOT will redesign 23rd Avenue between E John Street and Rainier Avenue S to three lanes – two lanes in each direction with a center-turn lane.”

    • Yea, doesn’t two in each direction plus a turn lane = 5? Hhhmmm, poor math skills could be misconstrued as misrepresentation.

      • From the project website: ” SDOT proposes to reconfigure 23rd Avenue between E John Street and Rainier Avenue S (Phases 1 and 2) from the current four lanes (two lanes in each direction) to three lanes (one lane in each direction and a center turn lane)”

      • From the website: ” SDOT proposes to reconfigure 23rd Avenue between E John Street and Rainier Avenue S (Phases 1 and 2) from the current four lanes (two lanes in each direction) to three lanes (one lane in each direction and a center turn lane)”

  2. What is the plan for bus stops along 23rd? Will the bus stop in the flow of traffic? Or will they create zones for them to pull over and load/unload?

    • “Won’t there be bus backups when you reduce the number of lanes?

      At most of the bus stops, the lane will flare to be 20-feet-wide to allow cars to safely bypass a bus. We are actively coordinating with Metro regarding design and operations…”

      Reading is hard.

      • Please accept my apologies. I missed that in the FAQ.

        With regards to your snide comment, whatever you need to make yourself feel better.

  3. If anyone from the city is reading this please consider fixing the stretch of road from Montlake to East John sooner rather than later. That street is constantly riddled with potholes and is always in a sad state considering how many cars drive on it every day. I would be interested in hearing what can be done to use materials that will not break apart and hopefully require piecemeal bandaid repairs for longer periods of time. Thanks.

  4. I believe Friday, Jan. 31st’s drop in meeting will not be the last community meeting on this project. SDOT has said there are plans for a late February Open House. I am unclear as to whether this meeting will be about the both the re-paving and greenway projects, or just the greenways piece. But, either way, it will be a good opportunity to provide further community feedback before construction begins this summer/fall.