Update on 3rd Ave NW Pedestrian Improvements

The following message was received today from SDOT:

“I am writing with news about the project to build pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools programs. I am happy to announce that construction for this project will begin as soon as June 15.

Please find attached a flyer outlining the project elements and construction impacts.

You can also learn more about the project background and impacts by visiting the project webpage at www.seattle.gov/transportation/WestWoodland.htm.  Please feel free to forward this email to any parties you think will be interested or share this link to sign up for project email updates.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns by responding to this email or calling 206-615-0925. Thank you for your support in helping improve safety and accessibility on our city’s streets.

Kate Cole
Outreach Team
Neighborhood Street Fund”  

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West Woodland Neighborhood Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Construction Updates for 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th Street/ Place

Construction of the pedestrian improvements at NW 55th Place and 3rd Avenue NW will begin soon. The work will take approximately 6 weeks to complete, weather dependent. We will update the site with more details and a schedule once they are finalized.

What to expect during construction

  • Short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW
  • Temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas
  • Noise, dust and vibration
  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 AM to 4 PM

Click here to sign up for project email updates.


If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the construction outreach lead, Rachel McCaffrey at NSF@seattle.gov or 206-615-0925.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to construct pedestrian safety improvements near 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place. These improvements will be completed as part of our Neighborhood Street Fund program and improve pedestrian mobility and safety.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb bulbs on the west and east sides of NW 56th Street and 3rd Avenue NW to shorten the length of the pedestrian crossing
  • Replacing the school zone flashing beacons on 3rd Avenue NW to improve their reliability
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits

The goal of these safety improvements is to allow multiple travel modes to function in the area and create safer crossings to the nearby West Woodland Elementary School. The work will include:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

Project Materials


The work is one of the 12 projects selected by the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee to be completed as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program, which is funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by voters in November 2006 and scheduled to end in 2015. In addition to 50% BTG funding, the other 50% funding for the project is from Safe Routes to School, a program that utilizes engineering and education to encourage students to walk and bike to school.


The project reached final design in 2014. Construction is anticipated to begin as soon as mid-April. The project team will continue to keep the community informed as construction details become available.

More information

If you have questions about this project or would like to be added to the mailing list, contact the project team at NSF@seattle.gov or 206-615-0925.