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Construction on Monday near 15th Ave. at N.E. 85th

November 20th, 2016 by Mike

The old Waldo Hospital is no more, and construction is well along on its replacement: Aegis Ravenna, an 8o-unit assisted living home.

Ania Pastuszewska, project engineer, emails:

Monday will be very busy hear near Northeast  85th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

We scheduled the second of four major concrete pours, so please expect about eight concrete trucks per hour cycling through the site. The next two pours will follow in the early December. We will be all cleaned up and quiet for the Thanksgiving holiday. We appreciate your patience and cooperation to keep the west side of 14th Avenue Northeast clear for truck access on the pour day. THANK YOU!!

We (Compass Team & our Subcontractors) wish you a peaceful and warm Thanksgiving.

Courtesy Aegis at Ravenna.

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Overnight rollover crash blocks 15th Ave. N.E.

February 28th, 2015 by Mike

A rollover crash on 15th Avenue Northeast drew more than a dozen fire units to Maple Leaf overnight.

KOMO-TV reports: “An SUV sideswiped a parked truck, flipped over, and blocked traffic around 12:30 a.m.  Two people were inside the SUV, and one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.”

The accident occurred near the intersection with Northeast 91st Street.

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Metro responds to bus stop complaints on 15th Ave.

June 1st, 2011 by Mike

After fielding bus questions at last month’s general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council, King County Councilman Bob Ferguson emailed to say changes are coming to bus stops on 15th Avenue Northeast.

When buses returned to 15th in April, half the stops had been removed.

Ferguson writes:

I was pleased that we had two King County Metro representatives in attendance at the meeting to take public comment regarding Metro bus route changes in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.  As a result of this public comment, I recently received this email from Metro, which I would like to share with you.

His forwarded email quotes Metro as saying: “After reviewing all the comments we received from the public, we have made a few changes to the plan.”

But it doesn’t look like the changes involve adding more stops, just moving them.

Northbound 15th Ave NE between NE 80th St and NE 90th St – After more review of the bus stop spacing plan for this area, Metro would like to close the gap between the stops at NE 88th St and NE 95th St.  We are proposing to do this by relocating the stops at NE 82nd St and NE 88th St to NE 85th St and NE 90th St, respectively. Route 373 would stop at NE 90th St. The stops are planned to be relocated on May 14.

Southbound 15th Ave NE at NE 107th St – This stop was closed in early 2010.  The bus stop did not comply with traffic standards in its old location, however, we are currently evaluating the site to determine if a suitable location exists that meets standards and will reopen the stop if one is found.  The northbound bus stop at NE 106th St will remain closed.

Metro repeats its rationale for axing stops: “The removal of closely spaced bus stops along the corridor will improve schedule reliability, reduce fuel consumption and emissions, and reduce Metro’s operating cost.”

More information can be found at Metro’s site here.

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Buses return to 15th Avenue next Saturday

April 9th, 2011 by Mike

As local bus riders know, this switch lasted more than a year.

Our thanks to Mat, who in commenting on an earlier post was the first to note here that the bus service that moved to Roosevelt Way Northeast on Feb. 8, 2010, will return to 15th Avenue Northeast next Saturday.

Service change notices were posted at Roosevelt bus stops today (4/8) – the 73 and 77 will return to 15th starting on April 16.

The reason: the bridge over 15th Avenue Northeast, closed since last May, will now reopen the previous evening, April 15.

Be ready for a little more walking: Metro has cut the number of neighborhood bus stops on 15th Avenue nearly in half.

Route 373, to the University District also moves to 15th Avenue, but Route 68 to the U-District remains on Roosevelt.

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Metro cuts half of bus stops as 15th Ave. reopens – Fifth Ave. affected, too

April 2nd, 2011 by Mike

If we’re reading this right, Metro is planning to reduce the number of closely spaced bus stops on the Route 41 and 73 corridors in Maple Leaf by nearly a dozen this month when buses resume running on 15th Avenue Northeast.

Metro is planning to reduce the number of closely spaced bus stops on the Route 41 and 73 corridors, affecting some stops that also serve routes 48, 242, 243, 71, 72, 73, 77, 79, 83, 347, 348, and 373. The changes will help buses move faster and operate on a more reliable schedule, reduce energy consumption and emissions, and reduce Metro’s operating and maintenance costs.

Squinting at Metro’s map (above and online here), it roughly looks like  nine stops will remain in Maple Leaf along 15th Avenue, while 11 will be cut. (The numbers depend on where exactly you think Maple Leaf begins and ends.)

Also in rough numbers, Metro says it intends to increase spacing between stops from about 700 feet to 1,200 feet.

As a result of the changes, about 16 percent of Route 41 riders who board north of Northgate Transit Center and Route 73 riders who board north of NE 50th Street will have to catch their bus at a different stop. When the project is completed, all riders should have a faster, more reliable trip.

The Maple Leaf Community Council, in an email, said:

Metro has opened a comment period on bus stop removal on 15th Avenue NE and 5th Avenue NE in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.

The Route 73 corridor changes include removal of 33 of the 85 stops north of 50th NE.


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SDOT answers readers' new sidewalk concerns

December 17th, 2010 by master

Now that the crosswalks on Roosevelt Way Northeast are finished, it’s time to talk sidewalks again.

Last month when we posted photos of the completed sidewalk from Northeast 94th to 97th streets on 15th Avenue Northeast, a lot of our readers grumbled about their design. We asked Thérèse Casper with the Seattle Department of Transportation to elaborate on some of their concerns.

She explained that the department has been working with the Maple Leaf Community Council for several years to try to get more sidewalks in the neighborhood, and that the requests typically are for these lower-cost walkways simply to make the money stretch a little further. Although she was unable to provide exact figures for the same stretch made with concrete sidewalks with a curb, she estimates it would have cost at least twice as much.

But that wasn’t the only reason a curb wasn’t added. There also isn’t room on the existing right of way, Casper said, which also is the reason the ditches are open in some places, yet covered in others. She writes:

Some ditches remain open as Seattle Public Utilities wants to maintain open ditchs to protect the health of Seattle’s creek system. The ditch was only converted to pipes in places where there was otherwise no room for a walkway with a buffer from the roadway.

And regarding concerns about erosion, Casper notes:

During a large rainstorm following soon after construction finished, SDOT staff noticed some run-off from the side streets entering the new ditch along its own path – not through the swales. The jute-matting that was installed in the new ditch to prevent erosion before grass seed grows was able to prevent this run-off from eroding the ditch as well.

In the comments from the earlier post, Debi said her parents were told sidewalks were on their way “in a few years” when they moved to Maple Leaf in 1963. With that in mind, it seems like maybe we should just feel lucky we have anything at all.

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Last Drop Bottle Shop replacing Jack Cellars

November 24th, 2010 by master

When Jack Cellars closed its doors last month, it was the end of an 11-year run of wine stores located at 8016 15th Ave. N.E. But it appears that a new store moving into the Maple Leaf storefront isn’t venturing too far from that theme.

According to a partially fallen sign in the window of the former wine store, the new store will be called Last Drop Bottle Shop, and it will feature “import and craft beer, drafts.” It’s set to open at the end of this month, however, I’m guessing from the bareness of the inside that the opening might have to be pushed back because of the weather.

Currently its advertised website,, isn’t working, but we’re hoping to get more information straight from the source soon. The Beer Advocate reports that the owner of the Last Drop is also the owner of Hudson New American Public House, which is located right next door at 8014 15th Ave. N.E.

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15th Avenue has a new solar-powered speed sign

November 18th, 2010 by master

Photo courtesy Maple Leaf Life reader Dawn Siegel.

When the 15th Avenue Bridge opens back up again this spring, all of the commuters who fled the 15th Avenue Northeast corridor during the bridge’s construction are in for a few new sights.

We now have the above solar-powered speed sign for northbound drivers at Northeast 86th Street, and the new sidewalks from Northeast 94th to 97th streets, shown below, also have recently opened up to pedestrians.

Unfortunately, it looks like some of the hydroseeding that was done last month may already be destroyed, at right, by a driver who apparently used our new sidewalk as a U-turn pullout.

In addition to improvements on 15th Avenue, Maple Leaf also has been promised a few crosswalks on Roosevelt Way Northeast, at Northeast 90th, 92nd and 97th streets. In mid-October, the intersections were prepped for the crosswalks, but still no sign of them a month later.

Well, the Seattle Department of Transportation Blog says they’re coming “before the winter rains,” so any day now ….

UPDATE: Brian Dougherty with SDOT says the tentative date for our new crosswalks is Dec. 9, weather and other factors pending. Rain, snow stay away!

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Sidewalk update for 15th Avenue Northeast

October 26th, 2010 by master

The new sidewalks on 15th Avenue Northeast are now more than just piles of dirt and lines of construction vehicles. Here’s the most recent update from the Seattle Department of Transportation, dated Oct. 13:

15th Ave NE between NE 106th St and NE Northgate Way: Sidewalk construction is now almost complete and all driveways are reopened. Landscaping will occur next. The project completion date is expected to be approximately October 22nd.

15th Ave NE between NE 94th St and NE 97th St: Installation of the new pipes is almost complete. The contractor will next grade for the new walkway, and pave it shortly afterwards. Final grading of the planting areas and the new swales, as well as hydroseeding of these areas, will be the final part of this project. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.

The image shown above is taken from the intersection of 15th Avenue and Northeast 97th Street, facing south. But it won’t look like that for much longer

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It’s free car wash day – but you’ll have to drive a bit

August 26th, 2010 by Mike

The scene last year in Ballard on Free Car Wash Day.

Today is Free Car Wash Day at many of the Brown Bear locations around Puget Sound, an event the family owned business hosts to show appreciation for its customers on its 53rd anniversary.

Unfortunately, the closest Brown Bear to Maple Leaf, just to the north at 12506 15th Ave. N.E., isn’t included. It’s a self-service facility, and the free washes are at Brown Bear’s “tunnel” car washes.

The closest ones are in Shoreline at 16032 Aurora Ave. N., and Ballard at 5111 15th Ave. N.W. The event is on from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more participating locations click here.

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