SDOT will showcase plans for the NW 58th St neighborhood greenway in Ballard Thursday. The 2.1-mile route will span the neighborhood from the Burke-Gilman Trail on the west to Phinney Ridge on the east.
The open house Thursday will go from 6:30–8 p.m. at the Adams Elementary School cafeteria (28th Ave NW and NW 62nd St).
In March, city officials (including Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Sally Bagshaw) and neighborhood greenways advocates went on a tour of the the proposed route. We then settled into Grumpy D’s Coffee Shop to discuss what we saw.
It appears some of those notes have made it into the city’s plans (like addressing the lack of bike parking along the route). We also discussed the need for a traffic diverter at 15th Ave to calm traffic cutting between St. Alphonsus School and the school’s playground (that’s what’s being discussed in the photo below).
Ballard is one of five neighborhoods in Seattle where greenways will be installed this year. This greenway is one of several that were proposed by the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways organization as a key corridor for improving pedestrian and bicycle access in the heart of Ballard.
The Ballard Neighborhood Greenway is just over 2.1 miles long and will follow NW 58th Street for the majority of the route, improving access to parks, schools, shops, restaurants and services. The greenway will start at the Burke-Gilman Trail at Seaview Avenue NW, connecting to NW 58th Street at 32nd Avenue NW via Seaview Place NW and NW 57th Street. The greenway continues along NW 58th Street until it terminates at 4th Avenue NW.
Proposed project elements along the greenway route include:
- Signs and pavement legends along the greenway
- Stop signs to control traffic crossing the greenway at certain intersections
- Widen sidewalk on Seaview Avenue NW to access Burke-Gilman Trail
- Median island at 24th Avenue NW and NW 58th Street
- Diverter for eastbound traffic at 15th Avenue NW and NW 58th St (at St. Alphonsus School)
- Additional bicycle parking at destinations along the route
The community is also seeking additional funding through the Neighborhood Project Funds to improve pedestrian and bicycle access at the following locations: 20th Avenue NW and NW 58th Street (curb ramps and crosswalks) 8th Avenue NW and NW 58th Street (curb ramp and additional crosswalks to upgrade existing traffic signal) Neighborhood greenways are routes on non-arterial streets that are improved for safe, family-friendly bicycle and pedestrian travel, and are usually designed for reduced vehicle speeds and volumes.