12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project

Updated: July 26, 2021

What's happening now?

Crews pour concrete driveway and pavement on 12th Ave NE

Crews pour concrete driveway and pavement on 12th Ave NE

Construction for the 12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project is underway! We're helping get the roadway ready for bus re-routes to the new U District Light Rail Station at NE 43rd St and Brooklyn Ave NE. We are on track to  complete the project in September 2021 in advance of the opening of the new U District Light Rail Station in October 2021.

To date, our crews have:

  • Completed full depth repaving of NE 43rd St
  • Built new sidewalks and curb ramps along NE 43rd St
  • Completed street drainage work at the 12th Ave NE & NE 43rd St and 12th Ave NE & NE 45th St intersections
  • Replaced water services and hydrants
  • Worked with SPU to install a new watermain and test water purity
  • Wrapped up grading and excavating work along 12th Ave NE in preparation for concrete pouring

In the coming weeks, our crews will:

  • Reconstruct and repave 12th Ave NE
  • Build new sections of sidewalks and curb ramps along 12th Ave NE
  • Add new protected bike lanes on both sides of the street along NE 43rd St and NE 47th St, and a northbound bike line on the east side of Brooklyn Ave NE
  • Work with King County Metro to build out new trolley infrastructure
  • Removing parking on both sides of NE 43rd St and NE 47th St. Parking will be removed on the east side of Brooklyn Ave NE and maintained on the west
  • Relocating load zones on NE 43rd St and Brooklyn Ave NE. Load zones will be removed from NE 47th St
  • Replace trees that were removed for construction

Pedestrian Improvements at the Roosevelt Link Light Rail Station

In addition to the work at 12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St, pedestrian improvements in front of the new Roosevelt Link Light Rail Station on 12th Ave NE between NE 66th St and NE 67th St are being added to the scope of this project. The sidewalk on the east side of 12th Ave NE will be widened for the length of the bus zone a new pedestrian signalized crossing will be added at the intersection of NE 67th St and 12th Ave NE. These improvements will be completed prior to the opening of the Roosevelt Station in October 2021. 

Click the video below to watch a recorded presentation on what improvements you'll see following the completion of this project. 



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Construction Impacts

As we wrap up construction, please continue to expect:

  • Typical work hours between 7 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday
  • Occasional night and weekend work
  • Local access only in the project area
  • Detours for intersection or lane closures
    • Through the end of July, the UW Shuttle will detour to Brooklyn Ave NE to access NE 43rd St, with a temporary bus stop at the northwest corner of NE 43rd St and 12th Ave NE.
  • Temporary parking restrictions
  • Temporary pedestrian and bike detours around the work zone and staging area
  • Temporary driveway restrictions. We'll notify you individually if you'll be impacted
  • Access to businesses and residential buildings will be maintained
  • Typical construction noise, dust, and vibrations

Project Overview

The project area, along NE 43rd St from Brooklyn Ave NE to 11th Ave NE, and along 12th Ave NE from NE 43rd St to NE 45th St, is in the University District, near the new U District Light Rail Station currently under construction. With the new Link Light Rail station at NE 43rd St and Brooklyn Ave NE set to open in fall 2021, assessments of the roadway were completed and noted that the pavement structure along NE 43rd St and 12th Ave NE would not be able to support the planned re-routes and increases in bus volumes. The 12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project will reconstruct the roadway with full-depth concrete pavement to support new bus travel in the area. The project will reach completion in the fall of 2021 to coincide with the opening of the U District Light Rail station and the start of the Metro-led North Link Connections Mobility Project bus route restructure.  
 

Project Area

The project area, along NE 43rd St from Brooklyn Ave NE to 11th Ave NE, and along 12th Ave NE from NE 43rd St to NE 45th St, is in University District, near the new U District Light Rail Station currently under construction.

Map of project area
12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project area outlined in purple

Project Elements

This project will include the following improvements:

Repaving

  • 12th Ave NE
    • Half street full depth concrete paving on the east side of the street between NE 43rd St and NE 45th St, mill and overlay on the west side of the street 
  • NE 43rd St
    • Half street full depth concrete paving on north side of street between Brooklyn Ave NE and 12th Ave NE, mill and overlay on south side of the street

Transit

  • Add northbound bus layover on east side of 12th Ave NE 
  • Coordination with King County Metro to construct trolley infrastructure for trolley routes

Sidewalk and Ramp Construction

  • Curb ramps within the project area that are not ADA compliant will be replaced
  • Some sidewalks on 12th Ave NE and the north side of NE 43rd St will be replaced
  • Sidewalks on south side of NE 43rd St will not be replaced

Bike Lanes

  • NE 43rd St: One-way protected bike lanes on each side of the street will be added from Brooklyn Ave NE to 11th Ave NE. Due to limited roadway width, parking will be removed and loading zones will be relocated to accommodate this additional mode of travel.
  • Brooklyn Ave NE: Northbound protected bike lane will be added to the east side of the street from NE 45th St to NE 47th St.  Southbound bikes will share the road with vehicles. Parking/loading will be removed on the east side of the street and maintained on the west side. 
  • NE 47th St: Protected bike lanes will be added on both sides of the street from Brooklyn to 12th Ave NE.  As a result, parking/loading will be removed on both sides of the street.  

Signals and Operations

  • 12th Ave NE and NE 45th St: No changes to existing signal operations
  • 12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St: All way stop to remain 

Project Benefits

  • Providing adequate roadway structure for the anticipated bus volumes that will be rerouted onto NE 43rd St and 12th Ave NE
  • Expanding Metro trolley infrastructure and providing a layover area for routes serving the U District Light Rail Station
  • Connecting the citywide bike network with new all ages and abilities bike lanes
  • Extending the useful life of the roadway with paving
  • Enhancing pedestrian safety with sidewalk and curb ramp upgrades
  • Replacing old watermains

Other Nearby Projects

NE 43rd St Improvements Project

Route 44 Transit Plus Multimodal Corridor Project 

Sound Transit U District Link Light Rail Station

Metro's North Link Connections Mobility Project

RapidRide J Line (Roosevelt RapidRide Project)

Schedule

  Date

  Milestone

 Spring 2021

  Construction begins

 Spring/Summer 2021

  Regular construction updates

 Fall 2021

  Construction complete

Materials

March 2021 mailer

July mailer

Funding

This project is funded by the Move Seattle Levy, which was approved by voters in 2015, and Seattle Public Utilities, King County Metro, and Mercer Megablock funds.