The 20-month first phase of a$46 million overhaul to improve the flow and safety of 23rd Ave will begin in early June. While the artery is hoped to be greatly improved by the time all phases of the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project are completed in late 2017, you might want to plan a few alternate routes in the meantime.
Monday night, planners will be on hand for the first of monthly community check-ins on the project:
First monthly community drop-in session on May 18
Each month throughout construction, SDOT will host a drop-in session to answer questions and share the latest construction information. Join us for the first drop-in on May 18 (see details below)! Don’t worry if you can’t make the drop-in session, we will post all information online.
Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Garfield Community Center – Arts & Crafts Room
2323 E Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Project details and updates can be found at seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_ave.htm. Phase 1 will entail work on 23rd Ave from between S Jackson and E John. Phase 2 covers the work south of Jackson and Phase 3 will handle 23rd/24th from E John to E Roanoke in Montlake. Phase 2 and Phase 3 construction plans remain in the air, however, pending funding for the projects.
CHS wrote here about the road construction projects spanning Montlake, Capitol Hill, and the Central District that will transform the street into a new configuration with a center left-turn lane and improve the pedestrian and sidewalk experience. The new layout will also allow buses to pull completely out of the traffic lane at stops.
Meanwhile, work is also underway to complete the adjacent Central Area Neighborhood Greenway with bicycling and pedestrian improvements hoped to create a safer overall transit corridor.
On June 8, crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin major construction on 23rd Avenue between E John and S Jackson streets. Phase 1 construction will start in Zone A, which is between S Jackson and E Cherry streets. To learn more, read the construction fact sheet or visit the virtual construction open house we launched in March.
Before major construction begins on 23rd Avenue, SDOT will be working to wrap up work on Phase 1 of the adjacent Central Area Neighborhood Greenway. We began installing the greenway in late February and we expect to complete work by the end of June. The greenway will create a quieter, safer route for people to bike and walk. For more info about the route or list of improvements, read this handout about Phase 1 of the greenway project.
Seattle Public Utilities has already been at work in the area preparing connecting lines for the utilities work that will accompany the 23rd Ave construction including replacing the 100-year-old water main beneath the roadway.