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SDOT: Alaskan Way Waterfront Project Virtual Meeting


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September 21, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone

The Alaskan Way Safety Project has reached 60% design milestone and we’re excited to share our refined design concept.

We are hosting a virtual public meeting to share the 60% design on Thursday, September 21 from 6 – 7 PM. The virtual public meeting will be held on Zoom, and will include a short presentation from the project team and time for audience questions. Join us to see the latest design plans for this project and share your feedback with us!

When: Thursday, September 21 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

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Where: Zoom Meeting (click to join)

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This project will be making several safety improvements to Alaskan Way from Virginia St to Broad St. The proposed safety elements include:

  • A continuous 0.6-mile protected bike lane on the west side of Alaskan Way between Virginia St and Broad St. A continuous west side protected bike lane provides a more intuitive connection for people biking by minimizing the crossings included in the original concept.
    • An east side, two-way shared path from Blanchard St to Wall St will be installed for use on sailing days, when the west side protected bike lane in front of Pier 66 is closed.
  • Lane reductions in this section of Alaskan Way, going from two northbound and two southbound vehicle lanes to one lane in each direction. This change is closely aligned with findings from SDOT’s Vision Zero Review, which showed that reducing lanes on multi-lane arterial roads slows people speeding and makes it safer for pedestrians. The street will continue to support freight movement and the changing traffic patterns resulting from Waterfront activities.
  • Intersection safety improvements include adding Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) to make people more visible to those driving, bike traffic signals, No Turn on Red signs, shorter pedestrian crossing distance, and adding vehicle left turn lanes at select intersections. 
  • Sidewalk repair and updating ADA-compliant curb ramps along the project corridor to improve access for people walking and rolling. 

Check out our 60% design plans for more information.

In August 2023, the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, and philanthropist Melinda French Gates announced the launch of the Elliott Bay Connections (EBC), a public-private partnership that will construct a new greenway and park improvements along the Seattle Waterfront. The project will include biking and walking connections between the Seattle Waterfront and Olympic Sculpture Park, on the east side of Alaskan Way. This is a separate effort from the Alaskan Way Safety Project but will complement the safety enhancements and west side protected bike lane that the Alaskan Way Safety Project has designed. SDOT has and will continue to coordinate closely with Elliott Bay Connections during design and construction of the Alaskan Way Safety Project.

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