Nickerson Paving Project

Updated: June 1, 2019

What’s happening now?

Construction for the Nickerson Paving Project is complete. Our crews have completed all paving and pedestrian improvement work to the final corridor of W Nickerson St from Queen Anne Ave N to 15th Ave W.

Project Overview

Nickerson/W Nickerson St is a principal arterial, major truck route, and a transit street on the north side of Queen Anne that serves 23,000 drivers on an average weekday. Nickerson/W Nickerson St runs parallel to the Ship Canal and is an important access route for freight and maritime communities, and connects Westlake, Fremont, Ballard, and Interbay. Nickerson/W Nickerson St is bordered by residential homes, industrial properties, retail businesses, and Seattle Pacific University. This paving project makes it safer and more comfortable to travel on and extends the useful life of Nickerson/W Nickerson St.

Project Description

Pavement on Nickerson/W Nickerson St is marked by cracks and potholes and the road base needs repair in many locations. As part of our Paving Program, we repaved Nickerson/W Nickerson St curb-to-curb between Etruria St and 15th Ave W to make it safer and more comfortable to travel on and extend its useful life. We divided the project into the following areas:

  • Zone A (complete 2017): Etruria St to 3rd Ave W
  • Zone B (complete 2017): 3rd Ave W to 14th Ave W
  • Zone C (fall 2018): 13th Ave W to 15th Ave W

The Nickerson Paving Project included the following elements:

  • Repaved and restriped Nickerson/W Nickerson St between Etruria St and 15th Ave W
  • Repaired road base in select locations
  • Repaved the southbound onramp to 15th Ave W
  • Paved an asphalt sidewalk on north side of the southbound 15th Ave W onramp
  • Paved an existing footpath under the south side of the Ballard Bridge to connect to the RapidRide D Line southbound bus stop
  • Added pedestrian crossing islands in place of paint-and-post crossing islands at
    • W Nickerson St and 11th Ave W
    • Nickerson St and Dravus St
  • Upgraded curb ramps and sidewalk corners in select locations

Nickerson/W Nickerson St was restriped in 2010 to improve traffic operation and safety. This project repainted the existing pavement markings that are in place, and maintained the street operation.

Project map

Nearby Projects

Interbay Trail Connections Project – We’re working on a transportation safety and mobility project in the Interbay and Magnolia communities to better connect major trails. We're proposing a family-friendly connection for people traveling between the Ship Canal Trail, Elliot Bay Trail, and the Ballard Locks, which will help people reach Westlake, downtown, and the Burke-Gilman Trail.


Summer 2016

Began design

November 2016

Seattle Pacific University briefing

January 2017

Outreach to businesses and residents along Nickerson/ W Nickerson St

Finished design

February 2017

Queen Anne Community Council briefing

Late spring 2017

Pre-construction outreach

July 2017

Began construction in Zones A & B

December 2017

Completed Zones A & B

Fall 2018

Begin Zone C of the project

Winter 2018

Complete project


Levy to Move SeattleThe project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015, and the Pedestrian Master Plan.



Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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