I can’t wait until this project is done. Repaving this section of 10th Ave E was way overdue. I finally decided to stop taking 10th after I trued my front wheel, went for a ride up Cap Hill and back to North Seattle, and it was wobbly again.
The route down Roy to Lake View Dr is very pretty (though Roy is not exactly pothole-free). Those of you who do this trip often, what is your favorite route from Broadway to the University Bridge?
Here’s the press release. Basically, go a different route this weekend or deal with some headache.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and its contractor will work on street improvements on 10th Avenue E this weekend, August 14 and 15.
Starting Saturday, crews will remove and replace the existing pavement on the west side of 10th Avenue East between the SR 520 overpass and approximately 400 feet south of East Miller Street. Planned work hours are from 7 a.m. on Saturday, during the night on Saturday, and on Sunday morning before noon.
10th Avenue East will be closed to northbound through traffic, except transit, between East Boston Street and East Roanoke Street. One southbound lane will remain open. The street will be open to local traffic. Northbound through traffic will be detoured on East Roy Street to Belmont Avenue East, to Lakeview Boulevard East, to Boylston Avenue East, and then to East Roanoke Street.
East Miller Street will be closed to through traffic at 10th Avenue East between Broadway Avenue East and Federal Avenue East. Westbound traffic will be required to turn left (south) at 10th Avenue East. No through eastbound traffic will be allowed between Broadway Avenue East and 10th Avenue East. Local vehicle access will be maintained.
The Ballard Bridge
It goes without saying that I don’t like riding on the Ballard Bridge. But riding all the way to Fremont is not likely to offer a good alternative to a lot of people (especially after the Locks close at night). Well, be ready to deal with even more squished and crowded sidewalks across the bridge for the next month (or more). From SDOT:
A contractor working for Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) started this week cleaning and painting the handrails on the sidewalks along the Ballard Bridge approaches (the raised roadways at each end of the bridge).
The sidewalk on the east side of the bridge is now closed through August 30th. On August 31, or shortly thereafter, the sidewalk on the west side will close for three weeks. The sidewalks will be closed around the clock, Monday through Friday, and will reopen for weekends.
The public stairway is partially closed. Access to the west sidewalk is open, but access to the east sidewalk is closed. This situation will reverse when the contractor moves the handrail painting to the west side of the bridge.
Detour signs direct pedestrians to the side not being painted.
Bicyclists are encouraged to use one of the alternate detour routes being provided; either the Ballard Locks or the Fremont Bridge. Alternately, if using a detour route is a hardship, bicyclists may use the sidewalk not being painted. However, due to the narrowness of the sidewalks and the contra-flow bike traffic, bicyclists will be required to dismount and walk their bikes across the bridge.