Initial planning for Olympic Hills neighborhood greenway underway + open house Thursday

Map via SDOT

Map via SDOT

Work on neighborhood greenways across the city are humming along. We reported earlier today on a proposed greenway makeover in Greenwood. But if you live on the other side of North Seattle, you also have a meeting to get to this week.

The city is holding an open house Thursday to discuss plans for a neighborhood greenway in Olympic Hills stretching from the city’s northern border to NE 125th St, mostly following 27th Ave NE. Meeting details:

Project Open House
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Lake City Library

The project is in the very early stages of planning, and the exact details and route options are subject to neighborhood input and desires. So if you have thoughts on how the project should look, make sure you go to the open house and comment.

More details on the project, from SDOT:

The city is seeking input on where to construct a neighborhood greenway in the Olympic Hills neighborhood with the ultimate goal of creating a network. Initial review of data and visits to the neighborhood suggest 27th Avenue NE might work well. Over the next six months staff will meet with community members to discuss the best route, what type of traffic calming improvements might be useful and develop a design. Improvements may include:

  • Wayfinding signs, 20 mph speed limit signs and neighborhood greenway signs and bicycle pavement markings
  • Speed humps or traffic circles to help lower speeds
  • New stop signs to control traffic crossing the greenway
  • ADA ramps, crosswalks and crossbikes
  • Bicycle parking at destinations along or near the route

Project Funding

Project design is locally funded by the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy.

Project Schedule

June 2013: Public Meeting

Fall/Winter 2013: Meetings with community groups and preliminary design

Winter 2014: Final design and 2nd public meeting

TBD:  Construction will happen as funding is identified

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One Response to Initial planning for Olympic Hills neighborhood greenway underway + open house Thursday

  1. Al Dimond says:

    Wow, crickets on this post, ‘eh?

    I rode through here on 25th a few times when the BGT was closed, and when I needed to get from Kirkland to Wedgwood and it seemed best to go through here. 25th has some nice features, like its existing signals at 125th and 145th, and the fact that it connects through to the south nicely. The downside is the wacky street layout between 125th and 145th. 27th provides nice direct access to the library and park; it may have grade advantages, too. I’ve never seen much traffic on any of the side streets in this area (including the part of 25th in Shoreline that’s striped like an arterial road), so grade characteristics might be the determining factor in routing.

    I hope in the future there are extensions or connections, especially at the south end. Today routes between Nathan Hale and here, for example, involve some unfortunate tradeoffs, where one really great route could have an interesting impact. A lot of the arterials to the west are quite busy need some complete streets work that could be some time off, and the hills and creeks prevent side streets from going through in some key places, so veering east past the high school (then taking Ravenna to 98th to 20th?) might be the way to get toward the U District for people that don’t want to take roads like Roosevelt.

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