Last month the Seattle Dept. of Transportation held an open house to show the public their plan for changes to the 23rd Avenue-24th Avenue corridor. This project will bring changes to 23rd Avenue starting at South Rainier Avenue and continuing to East Roanoke Street in the Montlake neighborhood.
There are 2 components to this project. Along 23rd and 24th, changes will be made to improve safety for pedestrians and cars. Sidewalks will be widened and smoothed for walkers, strollers and wheelchairs. From Rainier Ave. to East John Street, the lanes will be changed to one lane in each direction with a left turn lane in the middle. Street parking will continue.
The second component will be a designated “greenway” for pedestrians and bikers who do not want to ride or walk on arterials with heavier and faster traffic. The greenway will be on a residential street parallel to the arterial. The greenway streets will have sidewalk improvements to smooth and widen the path for walkers and young bikers. The street pavement will be painted with a bike lane and crosswalks where the greenway crosses arterials.
In Montlake, the greenway will begin at Roanoke Street and 22nd Ave. East. It will head south to Lynn St. and continue on 23rd Ave to Boyer Ave. A new crosswalk will be placed at Boyer and Howe St. so walkers can safely cross Boyer. A wider bike-friendly pathway will be installed between Boyer and Interlaken Blvd at Howe St. replacing the current steps that currently allow walkers to enter Interlaken Park.
At this intersection greenway uses can choose between 2 routes to get up the hill to Galer St on Capitol Hill. One route is Interlaken Blvd which has the gentler grade. But it is longer, has no sidewalks and is not well-lit at night. The second route is more direct and has sidewalks and lighting but is quite steep: 22nd Ave. to Peach Court to Crescent Drive.
The project will begin construction this fall with Phase I which is the corridor from Jackson St. to East John. Montlake is in Phase III which will be the last part completed, hopefully by the end of 2015.