West Woodland Wins Big!

Congratulations to three West Woodland Elementary Teachers.  Mrs. Hethcote, Ms. York-Jones, and Ms. Williams have each won $2,500 for their classrooms.

The money, a total of $7,500, was a prize awarded through the Thank America’s Teachers contest hosted by Farmers Insurance.  This program will award more than $1 million in 2015.  To learn more, visit: https://www.thankamericasteachers.com/

In order to win this prize, teachers must receive votes from the public, parents, and students.  Not only did these three teachers receive the most votes in Washington State, but they were also three of the top 20 in the United States.  This was undoubtedly a community effort, and they could not have done it without your help.  Thank You!

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Pictured Above:  (Left to Right)  West Woodland Elementary Principal Thaxton, Mrs. York-Jones, Ms. Williams, Mrs. Hethcote, and Farmers Insurance Agent Elaine Eugenio.  

 

1947 Aerial of the West Woodland Neighborhood

This aerial photo of the West Woodland Neighborhood is dated April 25, 1947 and comes to us courtesy Ron Edge. Thank you so much for this amazing contribution Ron, it is a wonderful gift for the community.

What I love about this photo is the old brick West Woodland Elementary is still standing at the corner of 4th Ave NW & NW 58th Street. The Market Street spur, connecting NW 55th Street to NW 46th Street in Fremont had not yet been constructed and NW 55th Street was still a small two lane neighborhood road.

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I have saved the photo to Google Drive so that you can download a high resolution copy and examine closer to truly appreciate this amazing photo! Let me know what you find as you are searching the photo.  Link to Photo HERE.  Please note, file size is 16MB.

Thank you again Ron!

Child care center coming to 516 NW 56th Street

Great News Neighbors!  The West Woodland Gospel Hall, formerly used by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, will be turned into a childcare center.

Land Use Application to allow a change of use an existing church building to Child Care Center (3,825 sq. ft.). Project includes new covered porch, play area and access ramp. Parking for four vehicles to be provided.

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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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Yee Haw! It’s time for the West Woodland Bike Rodeo!

This year the West Woodland Bike Rodeo is happening on Sunday, May 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  ALL CHILDREN from the West Woodland Neighborhood are welcome to attend.

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Come join the fun to kick-off to bike to school month.  There are plenty of new and exciting things happening this year including:

  • Bike Works will be on hand to collect bikes for under-served youth.  Give an old bike new life and support community programming at Bike Works!  Bike Works accepts all types of bikes, bike parts and bike accessories. BMX and kids bikes in good condition are in high need.   Please consider bringing any unused bikes to the rodeo to donate to Bike Works in exchange for a tax write-off for 2015 and a good feeling in your heart!  www.bikeworks.org
  • Jennie Reed – Olympic Silver Medalist Cyclist and World Champion.  Jennie will be on hand to discuss what it takes to be an Olympic athlete and talk about cycling on the velodrome and her foundation aimed at getting more kids on bikes. www.jenniereedfoundation.org
  • Bike raffle – We are raffling off a brand new Trek 24” geared mountain bike with front shock from Gregg’s Cycles for one lucky winner valued at $380.  Raffle tickets are $5.00; winner must be present to win! Drawing will be held at 3:00 pm
  • A mountain bike obstacle course

There will also be:

  • Bike checks provided by Bike Sport
  • Helmet fit check
  • Bike skills stations with prizes
  • Deeply discounted helmet sales
  • Healthy snacks and beverages

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help us make the bike rodeo a success.  We need help with set-up, registration, running stations and clean-up.  We are also in need of 10 x 10 pop-up tents if you have one please sign up to bring it or let us know.

To volunteer, please visit:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508044EA4A723A02-west/2881168

The Bike Rodeo provides a fun way to learn about safe cycling, get your helmet fitted and your bike checked, meet a famous cyclist and win cool stuff! Come on down Sunday, May 3 from 1 – 4 PM on the playground, and join us!!  Coordinated by Julie Gregg (juliegregg04@gmail.com) & Jane Matera (seejanebike@msn.com).

Come ready to roll rain or shine!

Thank you to our sponsors: Bike Sport, Nuun, Bike Works, Gregg’s and Ballard Mark

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.

Questions?

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

Funding

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.

Schedule

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.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements: 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place

Update received today from SDOT regarding the Pedestrian Safety Improvements at 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place

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Dear Neighbor,

I am writing with news about the project to build pedestrian improvements at NW 55th Place and 3rd Avenue NW as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Neighborhood Street Fund Program.

We finalized the design for this project in late 2014 and I am excited to announce that we will soon begin construction for this work.

As you may know, this project includes the following elements:

  • 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 the intersection of 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 pedestrian crossings
  • Replacing the school zone flashing beacon on 3rd Avenue NW to improve reliability
  • Making minor drainage improvements

We will also upgrade the curb ramps at this intersection to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. This project is funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by voters in November 2006 and scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

Construction details
Construction for this project will take approximately 6 weeks to complete, weather depending. We anticipate the work will start as soon as mid-April, depending on the construction sequencing. We are currently experiencing some delays in the contracting process but are continually working to move this project forward. Although the construction details and schedule are not yet finalized, you can expect the following temporary impacts during this work:

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

Our team is committed to keeping you informed and we will share construction details with you as they become available. Residents and businesses in the area will receive a postcard approximately two weeks prior to the start of work and crews will place “No parking” signs near the work zones 72 hours before construction. You can 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.

Rachel McCaffrey
Outreach Lead

Neighborhood Street Fund Program

www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_nsf_large.htm