Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements

Updated: July 16, 2021

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Come Celebrate with Us!

We would like to invite you to come celebrate the completion of the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements Project with us! Beginning on July 31, we are holding weeklong events to get you outside, moving, and exploring the new roadway improvements.

After 2 years of construction, we are so thrilled to be wrapping up improvements around Green Lake and Wallingford. The paving is complete, the new traffic signals/flashing beacons are activated, the new bus stops are in place, and hundreds of ADA curb ramps are installed. While we have some final repairs and smaller improvements still underway, we want to say a huge thank you to the Green Lake and Wallingford communities for your patience, understanding, and collaboration throughout the construction process!

Inaugural Bike Ride

Our week of fun begins with an Inaugural Bike Ride on Saturday, July 31 at 10:30 AM. We are starting in the Flamingo parking lot of the Woodland Park Zoo located at the corner of N 50th St and Phinney Ave N. We'll ride along the expanded bike lanes on N 50th St and then proceed north on Green Lake Way N to the new two-way bike lane! We'll end the ride at the Green Lake Community Center where there will be kid's activities and refreshments from 11 AM to 1 PM. Project staff will also be on hand to answer your questions about the new improvements. 

Graphic with map and information about celebratory event for completion of the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving and Multi-modal Improvements project.

Check out the latest SDOT blog to learn more about the final product of this major Levy to Move Seattle project.  

Stay Informed

While we will continue to share more information on our project website, be sure to sign up for email updates to receive the most up-to-date information regarding construction in the area. You can also read our updated Frequently Asked Questions document for our answers to commonly asked questions about the project. 

For the most recent updates on construction for the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements project, please check our construction email update archive

Questions about the project? 

Email the project team at GreenLakePaving@seattle.gov or call (206) 693-4151.

Project Overview

Green Lake Paving Project area map

On July 29th, 2019, we began repaving and updating lane layouts in the Green Lake and Wallingford communities to create safer places for everyone - whether you're walking, biking, taking transit, or driving. Paving projects create opportunities to update street design, which can improve safety and move people and goods more efficiently in a growing Seattle.

We’ll be making improvements to the following streets:

  • N 40th St: Stone Way to Latona Ave NE
  • N 50th St: Phinney Ave to Roosevelt Way
  • Green Lake Loop: Green Lake Dr and Green Lake Way along the east side of the lake, Stone Way to 45th
  • N 80th St: Aurora Ave to I-5

On many streets, we’ve developed new lane layouts and redesigned intersections. New street elements will include:

  • More than 6 miles of repaved streets
  • More than 500 new or upgraded curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines
  • Nearly 4 miles of new, enhanced, or upgraded bike lanes, including:
    • Protected bike lanes along Green Lake Dr and Green Lake Way on the east side of the lake, continuing on Stone Way to 46th
    • Enhanced crossings for people biking on Latona Ave NE at N 40th St and NE Pacific St
    • Enhanced bike lanes on N 50th west of Stone Way N
  • Improvements at many intersections, including new signals at select locations
  • Sidewalk repair and replacement in select locations 
  • Bus stop relocations and consolidations for better transit speed and reliability. Below is an overview of the changes being made along specific segments of the full project area.

Below is an overview of the changes being made along specific segments of the full project area.

N 40th St: Stone Way to Latona Ave NE

  • More than 100 upgraded or new curb ramps
  • Sidewalk repair near bus shelters, near people's homes, and at key intersections
  • Rapid flashing beacons at Bagley Ave N and 2nd Ave NE to improve visibility for people walking
  • Maintenance of street trees, except wherever necessary for sidewalk repair

To learn more, read our updated N 40th St fact sheetview our final design map of N 40th St, and attend our online open house.


As of June 10, 2020, the N 40th St bike spot improvements that are a part of this paving project have been put on pause.

The decision to put a pause on these projects is in response to the significant decline of revenues for the City and our funding partners related to the COVID-19 crisis. The goal is to quickly suspend work on enough projects now to address the SDOT revenue shortfall expected for 2020.

  Learn more about what this project pause means, why we are making the pause, and how we will move forward together on the SDOT Blog. Near the end you will see a list of all impacted projects. Please visit this website for future status updates. 

N 50th St: Phinney Ave N to Roosevelt Way NE

  • Wider bike lanes between Phinney Ave N and Stone Way N to improve comfort and safety for people biking
  • Clearer striping of the bike lanes to clearly separate people driving and biking, as well as parked cars
  • Keeping on-street parking
  • More than 170 upgraded or new curb ramps
  • Adding rapid flashing beacons at the intersections of N 50th St with Dayton Ave N and Woodland Park Ave N to improve safety and visibility for people walking
  • Still in design - Improvements to the N 50th St, Stone Way N, and E Green Lake Way N intersection that fall within the project's scope and budget

To learn more, read our updated N 50th St fact sheetview our final design map of N 50th St, and attend our online open house.

Green Lake Loop

  • Building a 2-way protected bike lane around the Lake, which will transition to 1-way bike lanes at the intersection of W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N (near the Pitch and Putt) and extend to N 46th St
  • Improving the intersection of W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N (near the Pitch and Putt), which includes adding a new signal that will improve wait times by over 2.5 minutes
  • Making the intersection of NE Ravenna Blvd, NE 71st St, and E Green Lake Way N more predictable. We'll "square up" the intersection as much as possible by adding curb bulbs and widening the west-side sidewalks. We're also adding a rapid flashing beacon one block south of the intersection to improve safety for people crossing
  • Parking removal on the east side of Stone Way N between N 45th St and N 50th St, as well as at key intersections around the lake to accommodate new lane layouts
  • More than 180 upgraded or new curb ramps

To learn more, read our Green Lake Loop fact sheetview our final design map of the Green Lake Loop, and attend our online open house.

Stone Way N: N 45th St to N 50th St

Unfortunately, we will not be paving Stone Way N between N 45th St and N 50th St or making improvements to the 5-leg intersection in 2021 under the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements Project.

A change of funding availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other competing needs led to construction at this location being paused.

Design elements may change in the future when/if reactivated for construction. The design may be adapted to include safety features for multiple modes of transportation such as bike lanes, cross walks, and curb ramps. We will share new design information for this area at that time. 

N 80th St: Aurora Ave N to I-5

  • No changes to lane layouts
  • Adding paint and post curb bulbs on the north side of 80th on either side of the Ashworth Ave N intersection to improve safety and visibility
  • Repaving nearly a mile of 80th, including replacing or repairing broken concrete panels and repaving asphalt in specific areas
  • More than 70 upgraded or new curb ramps

To learn more, read our updated N 80th St fact sheetview our final design map of N 80th St, and attend our online open house.

Program Description

Avalon Bike Lane

Arterial streets 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.

Each year, we pave arterial streets in poor condition to make them safer, smoother, and to extend their useful life. Keeping our transportation system in a state of good repair helps lower the cost of future maintenance.

We prioritize paving based on pavement condition, traffic volume, geographic equity, cost, and opportunities for grants or coordination with other projects in the area.

Schedule

2019: Construction began (with work primarily consisting of):

  • Curb ramp upgrades
  • Utilities installation
  • Sidewalk repair

2020: Paving and restoration construction begins

2021: Anticipated completion

Funding

These projects are funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. 

Materials

Email Archive

04/03/2020 - We will be working on N 40th St this Saturday, April 4

03/27/2020 - Work is continuing on the Green Lake Loop, N 40th St, and N 50th St

03/20/2020 - We are continuing work on N 40th St and the Green Lake Loop

03/06/2020 - Work is continuing on the Green Lake Loop, N 40th St, and N 50th St

02/14/2020 - We are continuing work are N 40th St, N 50th St, and the Green Lake Loop

02/07/2020 - Work is continuing on N 40th St, N 50th St and the Green Lake Loop

01/31/2020 - We have begun work at the intersection of W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N

01/23/2020 - We are working on N 40th St, N 50th St, and the Green Lake Loop

01/09/2020 - We will start work on the Green Lake Loop as soon as the week of January 20

01/02/2020 - We are working on N 40th St, N 50th St, and the Green Lake Loop

Related Projects

In addition, we'll be folding in several other projects that were selected through SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund and Your Voice, Your Choice programs, which provide funding for local projects deemed a priority by communities. These projects include intersection redesigns at multiple locations, such as the addition of curb bulbs and curb ramps at the intersection of Densmore Ave N, Ashworth Ave N, and N 40th St, and curb bulbs, curb ramps, and a new crosswalk at N 40th St and Bagley Ave N. Other related projects:

Need a translation?

The City of Seattle is paving portions of N 40th St, N 50th St, N 80th St and streets on the east side of Green Lake as soon as 2019. To request translation of these materials, call (206) 693-4151.

La Ciudad de Seattle pavimentará porciones de las calles N 40th St, N 50th St, N 80th St y calles en el lado este de Green Lake a más tardar para el 2019. Para solicitar la traducción de este material, llame al (206) 693-4151.

西雅图市政府最快将于2019年铺设以下的部分路面:N 40th St, N 50th St, N 80th St 以及 Green Lake 东边的街道。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) 693-4151