The Seattle Department of Transportation is installing an enhanced pedestrian/bicycle signal, curb ramps and crosswalks at the intersection of Northwest Dock Place and Leary Avenue Northwest as part of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Project. In addition to the closures already in place at this intersection, traffic on Leary Avenue Northwest will be intermittently reduced to one lane of traffic throughout the day on December 29 and 30 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
In order to complete repairs to the roadway on the south side of the intersection, SDOT’s contractor needs to bring in several large trucks. While the trucks are in place, Leary Avenue Northwest will be reduced to one lane of traffic for approximately 30 minutes at a time. The trucks will be at the work zone four to five times throughout the day. Flaggers on either end of the work zone will maintain two-way traffic within the one open lane. When the large trucks are not on site, two-lane traffic will be restored on Leary Avenue Northwest.
As a reminder, the work zones on the north and south sides of the intersection will remain closed for two to three weeks. During this time, traffic on Leary Avenue Northwest will be reduced to one lane in each direction to accommodate the work zones on both sides of the intersection. Drivers on Leary Avenue Northwest will not be able to turn north or south onto Northwest Dock Place. Those needing access to Northwest Dock Place to the north of Leary Avenue Northwest are encouraged to use Russell Avenue Northwest via Northwest Ione Place. Those needing local access to Northwest Dock Place to the south of Leary Avenue Northwest are encouraged to use Ballard Avenue Northwest via Northwest 48th Street or Northwest Ione Place.
During construction at this intersection, temporary pedestrian paths will be clearly marked and temporary Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps will be installed.
In addition to these pedestrian safety improvements at Northwest Dock Place and Leary Avenue Northwest, the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway will include speed humps, all-way stops, wayfinding signage and pavements markings throughout the corridor, flashing beacons, reduced vehicle speed to 20 MPH and spot pavements and sidewalk repairs. Construction of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway began on September 1 and will last for approximately six months. Click here to sign up to receive email updates about the project.
The Ballard Neighborhood Greenway will connect Soundview Playfield at Northwest 90th Street to Salmon Bay using 17th Avenue NW until it turns onto Northwest Dock Place and ends at Ballard Avenue Northwest. This neighborhood greenway is one route in a citywide network of neighborhood greenways. Greenways are residential streets made safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride bikes. They are not car-free zones, and they have minimal if any on-street parking impacts. Greenways start with a good foundation—streets with already low car volumes and speeds—and make small improvements that add up to a big difference.