12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St Paving Project

Updated: October 14, 2021

What's happening now?

We have wrapped up our work for the 12th Ave NE & NE 43rd St Paving Project! Thank you for your continued patience and support while we completed our work.

A picture showing the newly completed work on the 12th Ave NE & NE 43rd St Paving Project, including new bike lanes, sidewalk sections, curb ramps, and more!

Image: New paving and bike lanes on NE 43rd St.

We helped get the roadway ready for bus re-routes at NE 43rd St and Brooklyn Ave NE for the new U District Light Rail Station that opened  October 2, 2021

King County Metro will continue working on Metro trolley poles and wires through October 2021. You can expect some intermittent weekday street closures and a weekend street closure. If you have questions or concerns regarding trolley pole and wire installation impacts, please reach out to King County Metro at (206) 477-0505.

Completed project elements included:

  • Repaved NE 43rd St and 12th Ave NE
  • Replaced and added new sections of sidewalks and curb ramps
  • Added new protected bike lanes on NE 43rd St, Brooklyn Ave NE, and NE 47th St
  • Installed new King County Metro poles and wires for trolley buses
  • Added a northbound King County Metro bus layover on the east side of 12th Ave NE You may see crews on site wrapping final project elements. 

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 started September 2021, and 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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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.