April 30

Maple Leaf updates: Buses, bridges and bicycles. Sidewalks, too.



Earlier we posted on bus route changes, the hottest topic at Wednesday night’s general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Here’s some more news from the meeting, which was attended by about 80 residents and city representatives.

15th Avenue Northeast bridge. The bridge over Thornton Creek just south of Northgate Way closes May 17 until about next February. Kit Loo, project manager for the Seattle Department of Transportation, said there is no definitive schedule as yet.

Several residents wanted to know which neighborhood streets might be impacted. “Roosevelt has already become a bypass for Interstate 5. This will be worse,” one man said. Loo asked residents to let him know how it’s going – “we’re really interested in feedback” – at 206-684-3669 or kit.loo@seattle.gov.

15th Avenue sidewalks and bikes. While the bridge is being rebuilt, the city is going to put in sidewalks from the bridge to Northgate Way, plus a 4-foot-wide uphill bike lane, said Megan Hoyt of the Transportation Department. There will also be a new sidewalk, separated from the street, along 15th Avenue from Northeast 94th to 97th streets. More details are here.

Roosevelt Way bicycles and pedestrians. A marked crosswalk will be installed on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 90th Street between the Perkins School and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware. “We’d been reluctant, but we studied it again and we’re going to do it,” said Brian Dougherty of the Transportation Department.

Also, some form of dedicated bike lanes are to be installed on Roosevelt between Northeast 75th and Northeast 115th streets, he said. The street varies in width, particularly between 75th and 85th streets, so one option might be to eliminate parking on the west side of the street there. Dougherty is asking for residents’ opinions – call him at 206-684-5124  or use e-mail brian.dougherty@seattle.gov.

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