Seattle residents and organizations submitted more than 300 specific Neighborhood Street Fund ideas for improving our city’s streets, and now SDOT needs help prioritizing them. You can weigh in online by February 22. The refined list will then go through another round of voting this spring.
NSF projects should be in the $100,000 to $1 million range and can include anything from sidewalk improvements, crosswalks, signals, bike connections, curb ramps or anything else people can think of that could make the streets near them better. And it turns out that most of the improvements people want are for people walking and biking.
Though they are both participatory budgeting programs, the NSF is a fully separate fund and process than the lower-budget “Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets” program that is currently gathering idea submissions.
NSF ideas submitted this year range in feasibility from simple and easy to major undertakings. And no matter then intention of the project creator, there are many more steps after this as SDOT engineers design and modify them to meet standards and city goals. It’s a long process.
There a ton of great ideas in this list (and a few not-so-great ones, of course). So thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time and energy to get these ideas out there. It turns into a lot of work, especially as projects advance.
Here’s the full map of submitted project ideas:
Many of the projects are simple things like crosswalks across busy streets, accessible curb ramps or residential street traffic calming. There are too many to highlight here, so spend some time going through the list and supporting ones that sound good. If you click on project titles, you can learn more details.
Here is a very incomplete list of bigger project ideas that stood out to me at first glance:
- Duwamish Longhouse Pedestrian Safety & Accessibility Project
- Protected Intersection at Rainier Ave S and Henderson
- Safe connection to First Ave South Bridge
- A Safe Link from Wallingford to the U District: NE 45th Street Corridor Bike/Walk Access Improvements to University District Light Rail Station
- Denny-Stewart-Yale Safety Improvement
- NE 5th Safety Project
Is there a project idea you want to highlight? Post about it in the comments below.
Here’s the meeting schedule if you want to learn more and weigh in on projects in person:
|1||Youngstown Cultural Arts Center||Saturday, February 2||10:30 am – 12:30 pm||4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106|
|South Park Hall||Monday, February 4||6:30 – 8:00 pm||1253 S Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA 98108|
|2||Smart Buildings Center at Pacific Tower||Tuesday, February 5||6:30 – 8:00 pm||1200 12th Ave S #110, Seattle, WA 98144|
|Van Asselt Community Center||Monday, February 11||6:00 – 7:30 pm||2820 S Myrtle St, Seattle, WA 98108|
|Rainier Beach Community Center||Tuesday, February 12||6:30 – 8:00 pm||8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118|
|3||Yesler Community Center||Thursday, January 31||6:00 – 7:30 pm||917 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122|
|Optimism Brewing||Wednesday, February 6||6:30 – 8:00 pm||1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122|
|4||Good Shepherd Center||Monday, February 4||6:00 – 7:30 pm||4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103|
|Northeast Branch Seattle Public Library||Monday, February 11||6:00 – 7:30 pm||6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115|
|5||Broadview Branch Seattle Public Library||Thursday, January 31||6:00 – 7:30 pm||12755 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133|
|Lake City Community Center||Tuesday, February 5||6:30 – 8:00 pm||12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125|
|6||Crown Hill Center||Tuesday, January 29||7:00 – 8:30 pm||9250 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117|
|Phinney Center Community Hall||Wednesday, February 13||6:00 – 7:30 pm||6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103|
|7||Queen Anne Community Center||Wednesday, January 30||6:30 – 8:00 pm||1901 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119|