Mayor Murray announces Move Seattle Levy neighborhood investments

Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced $6.5 million in awards for 12 new neighborhood improvement projects through the Neighborhood Street Fund.  These projects, which will be built over the next 3 years include pedestrian crossings, signal improvements, sidewalk investments and better access to neighborhood amenities, including public schools.  The Neighborhood Street Fund is funded by Move Seattle Levy.

“Through the Neighbor Street Fund, the city is committed to working collaboratively with residents to address community concerns through neighborhood-driven projects,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The projects announced today will improve safety, walkability and livability in neighborhoods throughout the City and will bring us closer to the goals set out in the Move Seattle Levy.”

N. Aurora Corridor project

The City received 143 project proposals from Seattle neighborhood groups which were reviewed by the city’s 13 district councils, and vetted by the citizen resident-driven Move Seattle Oversight Committee.  Mayor Murray ultimately approved the committee’s recommendation of the following projects:

  • N 40 St and Bagley Ave N Pedestrian Improvements
  • Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St Intersection Improvements
  • Aurora Ave N Corridor Improvements: N 85 St to N 105 St
  • E John St & E Thomas St Corridor Crossing Improvements
  • NE 70 St and I-5 Walking and Biking Improvements
  • 15th Ave S and S Columbian Way Intersection Revision
  • S Jackson St Corridor Improvements
  • Chief Sealth High School Walkway Improvements
  • Improved Connections to Freeway Park
  • Holman Road and 13th Ave NW Signal
  • Bailey Gatzert Elementary School Pedestrian Improvements
  • Hawthorne Elementary & S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections

“The projects chosen through the NSF Program will help address some of the locations that neighbors specifically advocated for,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “And overall, the projects will have positive impacts on the neighborhoods they’re in.”

Projects were prioritized by the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee using criteria developed from the five core values listed in Move Seattle – Safe, Interconnected, Vibrant, Affordable, and Innovative – as well as, cost, district council ranking, and crash and collision data.

Chief Sealth High School pedestrian walkway project

The Neighborhood Street Fund Program provides $26 million over the course of the 9-year levy to neighborhood projects to improve safety, mobility and access. The program is on a three-year cycle allowing neighborhoods to build larger projects with greater impacts on walking and biking. Works selected in 2016 will be designed in 2017 and constructed in 2018.

“The oversight committee had many challenging decisions to make when selecting the final list of projects,” said Betty Spieth-Croll, co-chair of the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee. “We took our role in recommending the final list of projects very seriously and we can’t wait to see them built.”

Approved by voters in 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Move Seattle Levy provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

For more information on the Move Seattle Levy or to learn more about the Neighborhood Street Fund for Large Projects, visit www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle.

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