We may get some good summer riding on the newly repaved Ravenna Boulevard after all. The desperately needed repaving project has already completed its first phase, and work is about to get under way on the second half. If the weather keeps cooperating, work could be completed in early summer.
Ravenna is a very popular and useful bike route for much of north Seattle. It runs on a convenient diagonal through the street grid, is relatively flat and has wide bike lanes. However, the pavement had gotten so bad that many people have said it actually improved when workers scraped off the top layer of asphalt.
When work is finished, a redesigned buffered bike lane will give people biking a huge space along the median curb separated from motor vehicle traffic by a three-foot painted buffer space. For more on the plans, see our original post.
As previously announced, crews working on the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT’s) project to repave NE Ravenna Boulevard between Green Lake and 15th Avenue NE will begin paving across the 65th Avenue I-5 on- and off-ramps Monday night, June 4, at 10 p.m. At that time, crews will close:
· the on-ramp to southbound I-5 from NE Ravenna Boulevard,
· the NE 65th off-ramp from I-5, and
· the NE 50th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
The ramps will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 5.
The repaving of the westbound lanes of NE Ravenna Boulevard (on the north/northeast side of the street) from University Way NE to NE 65th Street has been accelerated and will begin on Monday morning, June 4, at 7:00 a.m. Paving is expected to continue through Friday, June 8. Crews will work from 7:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. The I-5 ramps will remain open for this work (other than overnight on Monday, June 4), but motorists and bicyclists should expect street closures and parking restrictions on NE Ravenna Boulevard between 8th Avenue NE and University Way NE during work hours.
Paving is weather dependent. Should rain delay the repaving, the work may be delayed to the week of June 11.
To minimize construction impacts, the project was divided into two phases. The first phase, between Green Lake and I-5 (from E Green Lake Drive N to 8th Avenue NE) began in late March and has been completed. The second phase, running from NE 65th Street to 15th Avenue NE will be completed by the end of summer.
For more information on the NE Ravenna Boulevard Paving Project, visit the project website at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_ravenna_paving.htm.