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Capitol Hill Community Post | Project Update: Lowell-Meany Safe Routes to School

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

What’s happening now?
Design is nearly complete and we are coordinating with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)  on the installation of a new water main as part of the improvements at E Harrison St and 15th Ave E. The water main improvements are designed to provide a more resilient drinking water system. To complete the work, water outages must occur and will be coordinated with affected residents, businesses, and property owners in advance. We anticipate the impacted area will be 14th Ave E to 17th Ave E, from E Roy St to E Thomas St. The timing of this work is contingent on the overall timing of construction, which we will have more information about as soon as spring, once a contractor is on board. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the water main work, check out our Water Shutdown FAQ.

What’s next?
We anticipate the selection of a contractor this spring. Once we have a contractor on board, we’ll send updates via this listserv,  and update the project webpage with more details, including schedule, anticipated impacts, and when to expect the water main work to occur. Please feel free to sign up for email updates to receive future email updates.

Project Overview
As a reminder if you’re new to the listserv, we’re making safety improvements as part of our Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to make it safer and easier for kids to walk and bike to Lowell Elementary and Meany Middle School. These improvements will create a new neighborhood greenway linking the two schools.

The Lowell-Meany route (see map below) was selected based on technical feasibility and community feedback. Through an informal stakeholder advisory group, online survey, and drop-in sessions, done in tandem with outreach for the Central Ridge Neighborhood Greenway between January and August 2017, we heard support for the E Republican St/13th Ave E route as well as the crossings along E Harrison St. Compared to the alternative route along E Harrison St and 11th Ave E, the route along E Republican St and 13th Ave E has lower traffic speeds, lower traffic volumes, and flatter streets. As a result, we are designating E Republican St/13th Ave E as the SRTS and neighborhood greenway route and also adding new crossing improvements along E Harrison St.

What is Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes to School is a national program to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. Using a combination of strategies, SRTS programs seek to encourage more kids to walk and bike to school and improve safety in areas around schools for kids who walk and bike.

What is a neighborhood greenway?
Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets that make people walking and biking the priority. We will add signs, speed humps, and pavement markings to help people find their way and make it easier to cross busy streets with curb ramps, crosswalks, and rapid flashing beacons.

Questions or concerns?
Visit the project webpage for more information and updates or contact us with any questions. | (206) 257-2243

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