15th Ave W/NW and Ballard Bridge Paving Project

Updated November 18, 2022

What's happening now?

The 15th Ave W/NW and Ballard Bridge Paving project has reached its 60% design milestone. The work we’ve identified in the new design plan includes: 

  • Paving areas on 15th Ave W/NW from W Emerson to NW 57th St
  • Improving sidewalks, driveways, and stormwater drainage in selected areas with the project paving area.
  • Refreshing pedestrian crosswalk signs and markings with new paint on existing locations along 15th Ave W/NW
  • Painting new red roadway markings on 15th Ave NW for existing northbound bus only lanes between NW 52nd Street and Market Street.
  • Replacing the bridge expansion joints
  • Improving earthquake safety by strengthening the Leary Way Bridge (Located just north of the Ballard Bridge)

To see our full 60% design set, please see here

Now is a great time to learn more about our current plans, and provide feedback before the design is complete. The 60% design milestone is when we know generally what the project will look like but are still making small refinements. We expect to reach our 90% design milestone as soon as early 2023.

We want to hear from you! Please take our survey and let us know about your commuting and travel needs along the 15th Ave W/NW and Ballard Bridge project corridor.

Please click here to take a brief survey to help us minimize travel impacts during construction and help people find alternate travel routes. The survey will remain open through January 13, 2023.

The survey is translated in: English, Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Ahmaric

Project Overview

15th Ave W/NW is a major roadway serving northwest Seattle. The corridor connects Ballard, Interbay, North Queen Anne, and Magnolia and is a major transit street, serving King County Metro routes 15,17, 18, 40, 44, and the D-line. This section of 15th Ave W/NW includes the Ballard Bridge and provides access to commercial businesses, grocery stores, and residences.

As part of the Levy to Move Seattle AAC (Arterial and Asphalt and Concrete) Paving Program, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is paving 15th Ave W/NW and the Ballard Bridge Deck between W Emerson St to NW 57th St as soon as Summer 2023. The project will restore the road condition of a critical piece of Seattle’s transportation network and contribute to SDOT’s Levy commitment to pave up to 180 lane-miles of arterial streets by 2024.

It will extend the useful life of one of Seattle's busiest streets and bridges and contribute to a safer and more comfortable travel experience for all road users. As part of Seattle’s freight route, this will also be a major investment in the freight network and serve large trucks, the maritime industrial business, port facilities, and key business needs on this side of town.

An example of paving work.

Example of paving work from SDOT Dexter Ave N paving project. Photo Credit: SDOT

Project Map: 15th Ave W/NW & Ballard Bridge from NW 57th St to W Emerson St

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Schedule

Summer 2021 - Spring 2022: Planning Summer

Summer 2022 - Spring 2023: Design

Summer 2023 - Fall 2024: Construction

Please note that schedules are always subject to change due to supply availability and inclement weather.

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The Three Stages of a Project

1. Planning

What we do: Collect traffic data, review plans and gather community experiences

2. Design

What we do: Share updates as more details are known.

3. Construction

What we do: Provide construction schedules, expected impacts, and a contact for questions

What to expect during construction

We’re still determining the details of construction and will update this project webpage with more information. Details include: starting locations, work hours, the potential for detours, and road closure times. We are committed to continually share more information about the project as it becomes available. Please visit continue to visit this page and sign-up on our project listserv for updates about construction and potential impacts.

We also want to hear from you how we can lessen the impact of your commute. You can send us an email at 15thAveW_NWpaving@Seattle.gov.

In general, typical construction activities include:

  • Temporary lane and street closures for people driving
  • Temporary vehicle detours
  • Temporary sidewalk and crossing closures and detours for people walking and rolling
  • Temporary bus stop relocations
  • Disruptions to on-street parking
  • Noise, dust and vibrations during work hours
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the work sites
  • Changes in construction schedule due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., weather, soil conditions, etc.)

Nearby Projects

We will be coordinating with nearby capital projects in the neighborhood. To learn more about them, please visit their webpage:

Additional Planning Efforts in the area:

Funding

This project is part of SDOT's Arterial Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Paving Program. Design and construction of our paving projects are funded by the Levy to Move Seattle, approved by the Seattle voters in November 2015. Learn more about the levy at seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle. This project also received funding from a Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) grant and a National Highway Freight Program (NHFP) grant.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact our project team or schedule a meeting for you or an organization you are with, you can contact us at:

Emailing the project team at 15thAveW_NWpaving@Seattle.gov
Calling the project team at (206) 651-3950(leave a voicemail and we will return your call)

Q&A

Each year, we pave arterial streets in poor condition to make them safer, smoother, and to extend their useful life. We prioritize paving based on pavement condition, traffic volume, geographic equity, cost, and opportunities for grants or coordination with other projects in the area. Keeping our transportation system in a good state of repair helps lower the cost of future maintenance. Like many of our arterials, it’s important to maintain them since they are primary routes for moving people and goods through the city and connecting neighborhoods and business districts to one another and the regional transportation network.

15th Ave W/NW and the Ballard Bridge is one of the City’s most heavily used arterial streets. Repaving 15th Ave W/NW (between NW 57TH and W Emerson St) and the approach spans for the Ballard Bridge will restore the pavement condition of a critical piece of Seattle’s arterial network. This project also contributes to SDOT’s Levy commitment to pave up to 180 lane-miles of arterial streets by 2024.

We are currently in the planning phase of the project and as such, we’re still determining the details of construction. Details may include: starting locations, work hours (including nights and weekends), the potential for detours, and road closure times. We are committed to continually share more information about the project as it becomes available. Please continue to visit the project webpage and sign-up on our project listserv for updates about construction and potential impacts.

We also want to hear from you how we can lessen the impact of your commute. You can send us an email at 15thAveW_NWpaving@Seattle.gov.

In general, typical construction activities include: 

  • Temporary lane and street closures for people driving
  • Temporary sidewalk and crossing closures and detours for people walking and rolling
  • Temporary bus stop relocations
  • Disruptions to on-street parking
  • Noise, dust and vibrations during work hours
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the work sites
  • Changes in construction schedule due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., weather, soil conditions, etc.)

We expect to start construction Summer of 2023 and anticipate construction being completed by Fall 2024.

If there are any emergency situations that arise in our project area, please call 911. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times during our work. For all other inquiries that are non-emergency please contact 15thAveW_NWpaving@Seattle.gov or (206) 651-3950.

Businesses in and around the surrounding project area will be able to remain open and entrances will still be accessible.  We encourage neighbors to continue shopping and using their services. We are committed to work with business owners and staff to address their concerns and potential construction impacts.

This project will not replace the bridge. We will be repaving asphalt along 15th Ave W and NW (between NW 57th and W Emerson St) up to the metal grates (bascule) of the bridge. While we complete the repaving of the bridge, we will also include maintenance and repairs to the bridge deck. This will preserve the life of this critical piece of infrastructure and support the safety and mobility for the traveling public.

We aim to maintain one lane in each direction at all times during our construction and do not have plans to fully close the bridge.  We will be looking at ways to mitigate traffic impacts such as targeting specific times of the day and nights to do this work so it’s less impactful to commuters and surrounding neighbors.

Bike facilities on the Ballard Bridge are outside the scope of this project. This project is focused on preservation of our existing infrastructure and not building new infrastructure. We understand and acknowledge that the Ballard Bridge is a key north-south connection across the Ship Canal/Salmon Bay for people biking, and all modes of transportation. To learn more information on plans for long-term pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Ballard Bridge you can visit the Ballard Bridge Planning Study and the 2020 Ballard-Interbay Regional Transportation System (BIRT).

There may be temporary bus stop relocations during construction. We will do our best to provide notice about any upcoming bus service changes, but we also recommend you sign up for King County Metro’s Rider Alerts to stay up to date on the latest information.

Paving on 15th Ave W/NW and Ballard Bridge and the Sound Transit Light Rail line in Ballard have different timelines and scopes of work. This paving project does not anticipate conflicting project designs or construction impacts to the Ballard Light Rail line. As we move forward with our project, we will continue to coordinate with Sound Transit if any changes arise. To learn more about Sound Transit’s project in Ballard, please visit the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project webpage.

We will communicate with neighbors throughout the design and construction phases of the 15th Ave W/NW & Ballard Bridge Paving Project. Planned efforts include calling key stakeholders, delivering project information to nearby businesses and residents, and meeting with neighborhood groups to learn how we can best accommodate travel needs and minimize construction impacts. Our outreach team is available to address any questions or feedback from the community.

Sign up for project email updates here and continue to visit our project webpage for the most updated information the project. You can contact the project team at 15thAveW_NWpaving@Seattle.gov if you have any questions or feedback.

Project Materials

To view a PDF of project-related materials, please click on the links provided below

Need a translation?

The City of Seattle is paving 15th Ave W/NW from W Emerson St to NW 57th St. To request translation of these materials, call (206) 651-3950.

Como parte del programa de pavimentación del impuesto Levy to Move Seattle, el Departamento de Transporte de Seattle (SDOT) está pavimentando 15th Ave W/NW entre W Emerson St y NW 57th St a partir del verano de 2023. Para solicitar la traducción de este material, llame al (206) 651-3950.

作為「移動西雅圖交通徵稅鋪路計畫」的一部分,西雅圖交通部 (SDOT) 最早將於 2023 年夏季鋪設 15th Ave W/NW 從 W Emerson St 到 NW 57th St 的路面。如 需这些资料的译文,或是在会议时需要口译服务,请致电 (206) 651-3950