Work to repave Dexter Ave N is scheduled to start March 7 and will not be completed until late summer (h/t Fremont Universe). Bicyclists will at times be required to ride with general traffic during lane closures throughout the length of construction. Combined with construction from the Mercer project, both Westlake and Dexter will pose issues for cyclists getting from much of northwest Seattle to downtown this spring and summer.
When the project is completed, Dexter will have buffered bike lanes in each direction and bus islands to prevent the bus and bike leapfrogging that occurs often under the current road configuration.
Dexter is one of the busiest thoroughfares for bicycle commuters in Seattle. However, the current bike lanes are skinny and often close to opening car doors. The plans for larger bike lanes were made possible by removing much of the current center turn lane, which SDOT determined was underutilized. For more on the proposed design (including an ill-fated concept to create parking-separated lanes), see our previous post.
If you use Dexter regularly, what do you plan to do during construction? Deal with construction? Take Westlake/the Westlake parking lot? Throw your bike on the Metro’s 26 or 28? Let us know in the comments.
What Bicyclists Should Expect During Dexter Avenue N Repaving
- Bicyclists and vehicles (sic) will share traffic (sic) lanes
- Pavement grinding will result in grooved pavement
- Regular working hours, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday
- Lane closures on Dexter Avenue N
- New pavement will be placed within 25 days after pavement grinding
- Metal plates will be used to temporarily cover trenches
- All travelers should use caution and keep a safe distance from construction equipment