Construction on the Linden Ave N complete streets project is finally ready to get under way. The project will redesign the street from N 128th to the Seattle border at N 145th, completing a missing link in the Interurban North Trail.
The street will have safer crosswalks, add sidewalks and create a parking-separated two-way cycle track.
Utility relocation is under way, and the project could be complete by December 2012 if all goes well.
Interurban North Trail users will encounter some rough construction issues for the next year, including potential detours to Aurora or Greenwood Ave, both of which are pretty unfriendly to people biking. Stay tuned for updates as we learn more about what construction will look like (though I’m assured it will “be bad”).
Here’s an example of what the redesigned road will look like (for more see the city’s project webpage):
With Shoreline’s investments in the trail in 2011 and Edmonds’s extension that is almost ready to open, much of Seattle’s leg of the Interurban is starting to look pretty sad. Dexter Ave between the Fremont Bridge and downtown was significantly improved in 2011, and the Linden Ave project should improve a key missing leg.
With so much of the key regional bike route becoming family-friendly, it puts even more pressure to create a family-friendly connection between the Greenwood neighborhood and the Fremont Bridge. The current bike routes utilize sub-par bike lanes on Phinney Ave, N 50th and Fremont Ave. In downtown Fremont, the Fremont Ave bike lanes disappear entirely in a rather confusing series of intersections just north of the Fremont Bridge. There is no Fremont Neighborhood Greenways group yet (that I’m aware of), so if you live in the neighborhood, maybe you should start one…