Work will start in early January and continue for up to 3 months.
The project was funded thanks to a community-led effort to secure a variety of street improvements from the Washington State Convention Center expansion project. Because the center’s expansion required a lot of pubic space, including alleys and defunct bus tunnel infrastructure, the project was required to compensate the public for those losses. The Community Package Coalition, which included Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, helped put together an $83 million collection of investments that included the 8th Ave bike lanes as well as Pike/Pine bike lanes, a Lid I-5 study and $29 million in affordable housing.
The upgraded design still includes the strange diagonal crossing through the intersection with Virginia Street. The design is safe so long as everyone obeys the rules, but it can feel a bit unsettling to use just because it’s so unusual.
The project does not extend to the bike lane section between Westlake Avenue and Bell Street, where people regularly stop or park cars illegally. I have asked SDOT if that section is planned for future upgrades and will update this story when I hear back.
Starting after the new year, we will begin upgrading the existing protected bike lane on 8th Ave between Pike St and Lenora St. We will be upgrading the existing bike lane to a more durable concrete structure.
This work will begin early January and continue for up to 2 to 3 months. The work will begin near Pike St and progress north to Lenora St. We’ve sent out a construction notice
to neighbors along the 8th Ave corridor. During construction, please expect the following on 8th Ave:
- Increased construction presence including crews, trucks, and large equipment Noise, dust, and vibrations from large equipment and trucks
- Temporary pedestrian and bike detours
- Temporary parking restrictions
- Increased traffic control including temporary lane closures and lane shifts
- Construction will typically happen during the daytime with some nighttime work
Once completed, the benefits of this upgrade include:
- Increased safety and reliability by separating all modes of travel
- Raised bike lane at some driveways to reduce conflict
- Raised bike lane at some pedestrian loading areas to increase accessibility
- Lasting, durable barrier for increased safety